Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, a 1992 Murray State University Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, has been chosen to serve as the Grand Marshal for the 2013 MSU Homecoming Parade. The Homecoming celebration will be held Oct. 17-19.
Bumphus currently serves as president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), headquartered in the National Center for Higher Education in Washington, D.C. AACC is the primary advocacy organization for community colleges and represents more than 1,100 two-year, associate’s degree-granting institutions and more than 13 million students.
Before assuming the AACC presidency, Bumphus was a professor in the Community College Leadership Program and chair of the department of educational administration at the University of Texas at Austin.
Prior to his move to Austin, Bumphus served as president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College. He has also been president of the Higher Education Division of Voyager Expanded Learning and president of Brookhaven College. His early career included positions in higher education, primarily in community college systems.
Bumphus is a 1971 graduate of MSU with a bachelor of science degree in speech communication and a master of education degree in guidance counseling (1974). He met his wife, Dr. Aileen Thompson Bumphus, a 1972 and 1973 MSU alumna, while they were students at Murray State.
Most recently, Bumphus was named the 2013 Diverse Champion Award winner by Diverse — Issues in Higher Education magazine. In 2009, he received the National Leadership Award from the American Association of Community Colleges.
Bumphus is also an educational consultant. He has consulted with more than 85 community colleges and universities throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.