Dr. Walter Bumphus to Speak at PGCC’s 58th Commencement Exercises

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Article by: Artelia C. Gillam

LARGO, Md.— President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, Dr. Walter Bumphus, will serve as keynote speaker at Prince George’s Community College’s 58th Commencement Exercises, Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6:30 p.m., at Show Place Arena and Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Md.

Dr. Bumphus has an illustrious career in higher education and began his career in 1972 as director of minority affairs at Murray State University in Kentucky.  In 1974, he became dean of students at East Arkansas Community College and later served for 14 years as vice president and dean of students at Howard Community College in Columbia, Md.

 “Walter Bumphus brings an unmatched commitment and wealth of knowledge to the field of higher education,” said Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College.  “We are thrilled that our graduates will get the opportunity to hear from such a passionate leader as they prepare to make their own mark in the world beyond our campus.”

Dr. Bumphus also has worked in various leadership roles in higher education and has held his current role since 2011.  In 1991, he became the fourth president of Brookhaven College, one of seven colleges in the Dallas County Community College District in Texas, the state’s largest higher education institution.  There, he presided over the construction of a state-of-the-art, 150,000-square-foot student services center. 

Later in 2000, he was named chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College, which became one of the fastest growing colleges in the nation under his leadership.  He also served as president of the Louisiana Community and Technical Emeritus of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS). During his time there, he led the expansion of the system which included the creation of two technical community colleges, the development of the LCTCS Leadership Development Institute, and statewide efforts for transfer articulation agreements.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communications and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Murray State University, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin.  In 1992, he was recognized as a distinguished graduate from both Murray State University and the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Bumphus also holds the distinction of being one of the few leaders in the field of education to receive the Association of Community College Trustees (AAT) Marie Y. Martin CEO of the Year Award, to chair the AACC Board of Directors, and to receive the AACC Leadership Award.   

About Prince George’s Community College
Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (2015-2020), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) provides high-quality education and training for the progressive and career-oriented residents of Prince George’s County. From new high school graduates and career seekers to more seasoned professionals and senior citizens looking to enhance their skillsets, PGCC is comprised of students who represent a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and goals. Serving nearly 40,000 individuals annually, the college is the first choice for higher education for residents of Prince George’s County. Collaborative partnerships, responsive degree and training programs, and a commitment to student success enables PGCC to address diverse education and workforce development demands. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu. Prince George’s Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (267-284-5000); www.msche.org. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.