Beverly Walker-Griffea named president of Mott Community College in Michigan

Mott Community College October 29, 2014

New Mott Community College president Beverly Walker-Griffea

The Mott Community College Board of Trustees has named Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea as the institution's new president, to succeed Dr. Richard Shaink. She will assume her new role on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
Walker-Griffea serves currently as Senior Vice President for Student Services at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. She has also served in several administrative capacities and as a counseling faculty member and instructional faculty member.

"With 19 years of experience working in a community college environment, Dr. Walker-Griffea possesses the skills needed to build on Mott Community College's standing as one of the top 10 community colleges in the United States," Lenore Croudy, chair of Mott Community College's Board of Trustees said. "Her understanding of workforce and economic development, commitment to community engagement and her ability to work closely with faculty, staff and students to achieve Mott College's goals will help our college to continue its 90-plus year tradition of excellence."

Walker-Griffea will be the college's first woman president, first African-American president, and seventh president overall since Mott College became a county-wide community college in 1969.

At Montgomery College, Walker-Griffea is credited with leading the restructuring of Student Services into a comprehensive division with five major service areas, reinvigorating the college's intercollegiate and intramural athletic program and guiding the development of strategic initiatives designed to increase student retention and completion. She also developed and implemented an international partnership with the University of Gondar in Ethiopia that will include study abroad, faculty and student exchange, and professional development opportunities.

Walker-Griffea holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, and a Master of Education from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia. Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

She is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, and serves as Vice President for Resources and Development of the American Association for Women in Community College. She has also served as a member of on-site and off-site review committees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accreditation reaffirmation process.
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