Benedict College National Alumni Association
Lula J. Gambrell Award
Dr. Milton Kimpson
Dr. Milton Kimpson is a man of many talents and has worn many hats as a public servant in South Carolina. He is a native of Calhoun County near St. Matthews, South Carolina. He holds degrees from Benedict College and the University of Wisconsin. He has also studied at Syracuse University, the University of Miami, and the University of Georgia during 1979-1985. He has been a member of the Benedict College Board of Trustees for more than 23 years.
In his position as Executive Assistant for Education, Health and Human Services to the former Governor of the State of South Carolina, Richard W. Riley, he advised the Governor on some of the most complicated and challenging issues facing our state.
Kimpson has had a lifelong relationship with public education. He served as a high school teacher of mathematics and science, a guidance counselor, an elementary school principal and supervisor of elementary education in the State Department of Education. He also served as Executive Director of the Community Relations Council of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
He is a former and current member of many professional, civic and community organizations, which include the South Carolina Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
Kimpson was appointed as Commissioner to the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission on July 1,1985. One year later, 1986, he was appointed Chief Commissioner and served in the capacity until this term expired December 31, 1988. During 1989 and 1990 he served as the Associate Commissioner of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.
He retired in 1994 as Deputy Commissioner for Program Services for the South Carolina Department of Corrections.
He is married to the former Wilhelmina Page of Dillon, South Carolina, and they have three sons: Milton, Jr., Marc and Marlon. He is a member of St. John Baptist Church, Member of the Board of Deacons, Senior Choir Member, Sunday School Teacher, Member of the Brotherhood and member of the Pre-School Committee.