Walker-Griffea has been a long-time advocate for collegiate student success, serving community college students in various capacities for more than 20 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 wit h the MCC family of faculty, staff, administrators, and students to chart the College’s preferred future. Culminating a semester-long thought process, the College adopted the MCC Commitment for Student Success and the MCC Commitment for Employee Success which defines the College’s course of action for ensuring a successful college community. Guided pathways will be implemented by fall 2016 that provide more structure and support toward student completion. A new user-friendly website has been launched offering timely and critical information. Increased professional development funds for employees have been secured. The recent opening of the Durham Wellness and Physical Education Center and the installation of college-wide hydration stations support a continued safe and healthy college environment.
Mott Community College has a legacy of student success and academic excellence that Dr. Beverly is proud to join. Recently under her leadership, Mott Community College was once again selected by the Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges.
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 her 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’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 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. She serves nationally as the President for the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) and as a member of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Board of Directors, as well as Co-Chair of the American Association of Community College’s Academic, Student and Community Development Commission. 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 College Accreditation and Reaffirmation Process. Locally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Flint Health Coalition, McLaren Health Care-Flint, Carriage Town Ministries, Metro Community Development, and the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA). In addition, Dr. Beverly is a member of several committees for the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce including the Operating Board of Directors, Genesee Global Action Team, and the Regional Leadership Council. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Flint Rotary Club, and the Flint Chapter of the NAACP.
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 Journalism and Broadcasting from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.