Carmen Walters, President-Tougaloo College
The Rotary Club of Jackson was pleased to welcome Dr. Carmen Walters, President of Tougaloo College.
 
The invocation was given by Jewell Hillery, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Ted Jackson and the Four-Way test was led by Janet Scott.
 
The numerous guests and visiting Rotarians were greeted by Van Jones.
 
Seated at the head table included Will Bynum, President, Jackson State University; Rob Pearigan, President, Millsaps College, Primus Wheeler, Executive Director, Jackson Medical Mall and Board of Trustees Tougaloo College and LeRoy Walker, President, LTM Enterprises and Board of Trustees, who introduced our speaker.
 
Janet Scott observed a moment of silence for a former scholarship recipient, who recently was killed in a car accident.
 
LeRoy Walker introduced Dr. Carmen Walters.  Dr. Walters has served more than 24 years in Community College education. She spent the past six years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, where she was Executive Vice President of Enrollment Management, Student Success and Institutional Relations. Prior to that she worked 18 years at Delgado Community College in New Orleans.
 
Dr. Walters received a Bachelor of Science in accounting and business administration from Southern (La.) University in 1984, a Master of Arts degree in postsecondary counseling from Xavier College in New Orleans in 1990 and her PhD in Community College leadership from Mississippi State University in 2009.
 
Tougaloo College is a private, independent, liberal arts institution, offering undergraduate degrees in twenty-nine majors in the areas of education, the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences.  The college offers graduate degrees in teaching and child development.  Since it’s founding in1869, the College has maintained a rich tradition of excellence, relevance and influence, creating a legacy of distinction in higher education.  According to the National Science Foundation, Tougaloo ranks among the top twenty-five U.S. institutions whose graduates earn their Ph.D. degrees in science and engineering disciplines.
 
Dr. Walters gave an impassioned presentation about Tougaloo College and the works of the college.  Dr. Walters stated “we are worthy of the investment” and went on to detail the research, partnerships, grants and success the college has achieved. Dr. Walters discussed the need for workforce development and how the College plans to contribute.