Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea became the seventh president of Mott Community College (Flint, Michigan) in August 2014. Mott Community College has a legacy of student success and academic excellence that Dr. Walker-Griffea is proud to lead. Mott Community College has continued to be recognized by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program as one of America’s top community colleges for high achievement and performance four times during her tenure.
Walker-Griffea has been a long-time advocate for collegiate student success, serving community college students in various capacities for more than 30 years. 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.
Since joining Mott Community College, Dr. Beverly has worked together with the MCC family of faculty, staff, administrators, and students to chart the College’s preferred future which is “Mott Strong.” Together MCC has established new programming, created structured student completion pathways, reduced potential enrollment and retention barriers, revamped the College website, improved and remodeled facilities, created new and innovative funding streams, and continues to foster a safe and healthy college environment. Under Dr. Beverly’s tenure, Mott Community College has maintained the legacy of serving Flint and Genesee County as a stable foundation, anchor for the region and a safe haven for MCC students.
Prior to joining the MCC family, Dr. Walker-Griffea served as Senior Vice President for Student Services at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, 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 counseling faculty member leading the award-winning Single-Parent Program, and served as Chair for the Institutional Diversity Department.
Service is important to Dr. Beverly. During her presidency, she has served nationally as the President for the American Association for Women in Community Colleges and as a member of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Board of Directors, , as well as chair and co-chair of several AACC Commissions. Currently, Dr. Beverly is a member of the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Foundation Board of Governors and chairs the OSU Division of Institutional Diversity Advisory Council.
Locally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Flint Health Coalition, McLaren-Flint Hospital, Carriage Town Ministries, Metro Community Development, and the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) (MCCA) where she also maintains a seat on MCCA’s Executive Committee. In addition, Dr. Beverly is a member of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Operating Board, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Flint Rotary Club, Flint Chapter of the NAACP, Flint Promise Zone Authority, and is President of The Ivy House Foundation. Most recently, Dr. Beverly was appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to represent the State of Michigan on the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) and currently serves as GLWA’s Chair.
Dr. Beverly 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, she 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 Radio, Television and Film: News and Public Affairs from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.