Today Miriam Ortique was laid to rest. 97 years old! Anyone familiar with Dillard knows the name Ortique, as her husband was Justice Revius Ortique, the first African American on the Louisiana Supreme Court and Dillard University alumnus.


Three weeks ago I was sitting here, in the dark, with no power and 2 dogs listening to the winds howling. This is my 10th hurricane season and I have not evacuated for any of them before the storm. With the power outage I left after — for 10 days…


My wife compiled a list of some different charities for people who want to support the recovery efforts. Here is the e-mail she sent out today.

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At the end of our academic year I decided I really wanted to listen- listen to God about what I should be doing. …


Growing up, people would often ask me if I was going to be a preacher like my dad. I adamantly said “no” every time, but I did find my own calling in higher education. The college and university presidency is a ministry.

But an itinerant one.

John Wesley, the founder…


We often hear these anecdotal stories about how a small thing like an accident can disrupt college continuation and ultimate success. I think a lot of folks who are harsh critics of schools with low graduation rates but high numbers of Pell Grant students don’t fully understand how this works…


On January 13, 2021 I got an e-mail that began like this:

My name is Malcolm Gladwell. I’m a writer in New York. I do the Revisionist History podcast.

GET OUTTA HERE! I just got an e-mail from Malcolm Gladwell. So of course I was excited but then became really…


This is the worst story ever written about HBCUs during the Trump era. Why? Because it is the story most cited by his defenders against any claims of racism.

Here are some of the examples.


Lots of good news from April!

  • Dillard University and Jefferson Performing Arts Society have signed a three-year commitment to benefit student learning and enhance community collaborations between the institutions. …


Now that things have slowed down let me catch up on sharing some of the news from the past 2 months. Here is news from March.

  • Please take six minutes to watch this story about Dillard alumna Dr. Ruth Simmons. There are a lot of great nuggets of wisdom for…

Walter M. Kimbrough

7th president of Dillard University

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