'Hip-Hop Prez' Rejuvenates a College, Using a Personal Touch

Stephen B. Thornton for The Chronicle

"This to me is a ministry," says Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Philander Smith College, a small, private, historically black institution.
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Walter M. Kimbrough isn't shy about giving out his cellphone number. A dozen or more times a day, students text the president of Philander Smith College. They e-mail him and drop by his office. When student-government leaders need a ride to a...

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