Graduation 2021 Commencement Speaker
Dr. Walter G. Bumphus
Dr. Walter G. Bumphus is president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). He previously served as a professor in the Community College Leadership Program and as chair of the Department of Educational Administration at The University of Texas at Austin, holding the A. M. Aikin Regents Endowed Chair in Junior and Community College Education Leadership. From 2001 to 2007, Dr. Bumphus served as president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS). Prior to 2001, he was chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC). Before joining BRCC, Dr. Bumphus worked in the corporate world, serving as president of the Higher Education Division of Voyager Expanded Learning. Six years earlier, he served as president of Brookhaven College in the Dallas County Community College District. In 1992, Dr. Bumphus was recognized as a distinguished graduate from both Murray State University and The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Bumphus holds the distinction of being one of the few leaders in the field of education to receive the ACCT Marie Y. Martin CEO of the Year Award, to chair the AACC Board of Directors, and to receive the John Roueche and Terry O’Banion International Leadership and the AACC Leadership Awards. He also has the distinction of having worked collaboratively with two presidential administrations. He was appointed to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Academic Advisory Council, the 100,000 Strong Initiative, and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans under President Obama. He was selected as one of 20 commissioners out of more than 400 applicants to serve on the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion under President Trump. Currently, he serves on the 25-member American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, co-chaired by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.