Carmen J. Walters
14th President of Tougaloo College


On July 1, 2019, the Tougaloo College Board of Trustees named Dr. Carmen Jean Hawkins Walters the fourteenth president to lead the institution. A respected, passionate, and strategic thinker with broad knowledge, Dr. Walters brings a blended set of skills and over 24 years of leadership in curriculum and policy development, fundraising, student enrollment and retention management, team building, conflict resolution, strategic planning, and organizational management. She has a reputation for leveraging collaborative partnerships with private and public organizations, enabling students, faculty, and staff to cross institutional boundaries and engage in innovative instruction to ensure student success.

Dr. Walters, a champion of the liberal arts, embraces Tougaloo College's storied past and looks ambitiously toward preserving and advancing its legacy of academic excellence and social responsibility while moving this remarkable historic institution into a new decade of leading and learning. Since arriving, she has started a strategic planning process that will include priorities and strategies to elevate the student experience; expand academic programs; increase enrollment; increase fundraising and build a more robust endowment for the college; enhance the campus buildings and grounds; increase academic, corporate and foundation partnerships; and, build quality and increase regional, national, and international distinctiveness and recognition for the college. She aims for Tougaloo College to be one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges that produce leaders who are unafraid to tackle tough issues, scholars who have the courage to meet the demands of our time. 

Dr. Walters regularly devotes her time to many civic leadership organizations. She serves on the boards of the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation and the Tougaloo College Research and Development Foundation. She is an Institutional Director for the United Negro College Fund and serves on the Pre-Alumni and Budget Committees. She is actively involved in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Theta Zeta Omega Chapter, and the Jackson Mississippi Chapter of the Links. She is the recipient of numerous awards, commendations, and recognitions for her leadership and accomplishments. She is a frequent and sought-after speaker and presenter sharing her thoughts on enrollment management, leadership, college completion, emotional intelligence, strategic planning, and other current issues in higher education. 

A native of Harvey, Louisiana, Dr. Walters earned her Ph.D. from Mississippi State University, her Master of Arts in Postsecondary Counseling from Xavier University of Louisiana, and her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration from Southern University at New Orleans.


Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Tougaloo College
Office of the President
500 West County Line Road
Tougaloo, MS 39174

Campus Location:
Blackmon Building: 2nd Floor


Dr. Carmen J. Walters

Linda J. Daniels, Ph.D.
Chief of Staff

Latona Banks
Executive Assistant to the President
Tonie Knott
Administrative Assistant