By Jordan Beach
When Dr. Walter May graduated from Millsaps College in 1998, he took his first job as an admissions counselor at Lambuth University. He has served as a voice for college students ever since.
Currently the dean of students, May began his time at Reinhardt University as the director of student activities in January 2001. He later became assistant dean of students, stepping into his current role in August 2019, joining Reinhardt’s cabinet.
As a cabinet member, May is the chief student affairs officer, advocating focus on bettering the student experience and ensuring a supportive, inclusive environment for all students to thrive.
“My role is to provide vision, leadership and management for the Division of Student Affairs that is consistent with the mission and values of the University in support of the University’s strategic plan,” said May. “I have oversight of the following areas: Student Health Center, Campus Ministries, Residence Life, Student Activities and Vocation & Career Services.”
After his initial admissions job, May remained in higher education, working for a variety of colleges and universities while earning his graduate degrees. May continues to use his position to advocate on behalf of students, ensuring they receive all they need to feel successful during college and prepared after graduation.
“What drew me to the field of higher education was the ability to engage with students and to create programs, resources and services that support them as well as creating opportunities to challenge students to become more.”
With more than two decades in the field, working alongside students still proves to be fulfilling. His leadership and wisdom have provided confidence and guidance to countless students throughout the course of his career.
“My favorite part of the job is the daily interaction with students, serving as their voice and advocate and being able to open and expand their minds by creating unique experiences for students,” said May.
May prides himself as an avid outdoorsman. When not in his office or working a Student Affairs event, May often maintains the hiking and biking trails on campus, in addition to teaching Reinhardt’s camping course.
“I enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, mountain biking, etc. Spending time in the outdoors is my way to destress and re-center in this ever-crazy world we live in.”