DHR Executive Vice President Robert Clayton described some of the applicants as rising "superstars," including Philander Smith College President Walter Kimbrough, who is also known as the "hip hop prez," and Gregory Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement at the University of Texas. He previously served as vice provost for academic affairs and campus diversity at LSU.
"If you took a vote of the student body, they would say search over," Clayton said of Kimbrough. "He's the No. 1 superstar, young president in the country."
Local rumor has it that the name of Kimbrough, 44, who's been at Philander since 2004, also has come up in the search for a Norfolk State University president. That has been a closed process so far. Kimbrough has rejuvenated Philander with a high-profile Bless the Mic lecture series, a marked improvement in student body and a focus on social justice.