Dr. Walter Kimbrough comments on his LA Times Op-Ed about Dr. Dre’s donation to USC. I really enjoyed hearing Dr. Kimbrough’s perspective on the issue. In fact, it made a lot of sense after hearing some of the statistics and real life effect Dre’s donation could have had for an HBCU.
- Thanks to Dr. Boyce Watkins for snagging and recording this interview -
- – Dr. Kimbrough has 8.5 years experience as a University President.
- – Educator/Mentor drenched every word spoke. I could feel his passion through the earbuds
- – 2 months of interest off a $35 million dollar investment would pay for some HBCU’s expenses for the entire year. (WOW!)
- – Dr. Dre, with this donation, is now the largest Black Higher Education philanthropist in history.
- – Dr. Kimbrough considers Dr. Dre a peer, and fellow visionary. (I wonder who my peers/fellow visionaries will be 20 years from now…)
- – USC is trying to fundraise 6 Billion dollars in a large capital campaign. In 1.5 years time, they have already raised more than the combined endowments of all HBCU’s.
- – $35 million would double/triple/quadruple most HBCU’s endowments. This could easily transfer to more scholarship opportunities for students, resulting in less amounted debt.
- – Dr. Kimbrough has discovered the Art of the Challenge. He views this experience ad an opportunity where he can challenge how he engages with potential donors. He also wants to challenge others to think about how they give to their community.
- – [Everyone] should target their resources to help those that need it the most in their communities.
- – Black entertainers [and everyday citizens] need to focus their giving to do the most good.
Dr. Kimbrough really brought the message home for me here. I still commend Dre for doing something drastic and different, but I do see how this money could have been exponentially more impactful at an HBCU. What were some of the key points from your perspective? Share in the comments section.