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About The President

Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea, Ph.D.

Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea, Ph.D.

Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea became the seventh president of Mott Community College (Flint, MI) in August 2014.

Walker-Griffea has been a long-time advocate for collegiate student success, serving community college students in various capacities for twenty years. Prior to joining the MCC family, Dr. Walker-Griffea served as Senior Vice President for Student Services at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland where she is credited for leading the restructuring of Student Services into a comprehensive division with five major service areas. She also reinvigorated the College's intercollegiate and intramural athletic program, guided the development of strategic student success and retention initiatives and fostered a relationship with the University of Gondar in Ethiopia. One of Walker-Griffea’s greatest accomplishments was the development of an innovative partnership with the personnel at Montgomery County Public Schools and Universities at Shady Grove that targeted at-risk high school students with an intrusive case management approach for graduating from high school, Montgomery College and their local university choice.

Dr. Beverly, as she prefers to be called, has a passion for ensuring all students have access to quality, affordable, and effective learning experiences. She chose to share her talents with community college institutions because of her deep connection to the community college mission and commitment to meet the academic, training, and lifelong learning needs of communities by educating all citizens that desire to learn. She believes community colleges must support the local community’s economic viability by preparing a skilled and successful workforce.

Walker-Griffea's long history in education includes serving as Vice President of Student Affairs at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia; Dean of Student Development at Houston Community College-Central Campus; and Interim Dean of Health and Environmental Sciences at Spokane Community College. Additionally, while at Spokane Community College, Dr. Beverly earned tenure in three years as a counselor leading the award-winning Single-Parent Program, and served as Chair for the Institutional Diversity Department.

Service is important to Dr. Beverly. She serves nationally as the President-elect for the American Association for Women in Community Colleges and as a Commissioner on the American Association of Community College's Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity. 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 and Reaffirmation Process. Locally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Flint Health Coalition, 1 Metro Community Development, the Genesee & Shiawassee Education Advisory Group, as well as the Prima Civitas Foundation. In addition, Dr. Beverly is a member of several committees for the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce including the Genesee Global Action Team and the Regional Leadership Council. She is also a member of the local NAACP chapter and the Rotary Club of Flint.

Walker-Griffea is the first female and first African American president in Mott Community College's history. She is committed to academic excellence, student access and success, dynamic industry partnerships, and significantly impacting local economies. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dr. Beverly holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Child Development from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia, and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Broadcasting from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

January 12, 2016