A.M. Aikin Regents Chair in Junior and Community College Education Leadership
The University of Texas at Austin
Capping more than three decades of service that has included senior administrator, college president, system chancellor and contributions in the private educational sector, Walter Bumphus now fills a role apropos to his distinguished career – as a professor in one of the most prestigious leadership programs in the nation.
Bumphus began his career in higher education administration in 1972 as director of minority affairs at Murray State University (Kentucky). In 1974, he became dean of students at East Arkansas Community College and later served for 14 years as vice president and dean of students at Howard Community College (Maryland).
In 1991, Bumphus became the fourth president of Brookhaven College, one of seven colleges of the Dallas County Community College District (Texas), the state’s largest higher education institution. There, he oversaw the construction of a state-of-the-art, 150,000-square-foot student services center. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges in 1993 and became board chair in 1996. He also worked in the private sector of education as the president of the Higher Education Division of Voyager Expanded Learning.
In 2000, he was named chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College, which became one of the fastest growing colleges in the nation under his leadership. Subsequently, he served as president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), leading an expansion of the system that included the creation of two technical community colleges, the development of the LCTCS Leadership Development Institute, and statewide efforts for transfer articulation agreements.
In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Bumphus led an arduous recovery effort that began with the development of a call center to re-establish critical internal and external communications and quickly organized temporary offices for the affected institutions. Working with his leadership team, he set up channels to ensure that both students and displaced employees received assistance after the storms.
Currently, Bumphus continues to serve community colleges as a professor in the Community College Leadership Program and as chair of the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin. He has consulted at more than 85 community colleges and universities.
He has received national accolades for his work including the Marie Y. Martin CEO of the Year award from the Association of Community College Trustees, the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development International Leadership Award (NISOD). Bumphus holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Murray State University and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.