Bachelor, Tougaloo College, 1948. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Tougaloo College, 1972. Master of Science, Indiana University, 1952.
Doctor of Laws (honorary), Indiana University, 1983. Education Specialist, Peabody College, 1958. Postgraduate, Yale, 1953.
Doctor of Education, University Southern Mississippi, 1969. Postgraduate, Harvard University, 1989. Doctor of Science (honorary), Purdue University, 1993.
Teacher, Holtzclaw High School, Crystal Springs, Mississippi, 1948-1949; assistant principal, teacher, Parrish High School, Hazlehurst, 1949-1952; principal, Utica Junior College High School, Mississippi, 1951-1954; dean, Utica Junior College, 1954-1955; president, Utica Junior College, 1957-1969; principal, Sumner Hill High School, Clinton, Mississippi, 1955-1957; president, Alcorn (Mississippi) State University, 1969-1994; president emeritus, Alcorn (Mississippi) State University, since 1994. Past partner Klinger Industries, Ltd. Board directors Mississippi Power and Light.
President National Pan-Hellenic Council, 1964-1967, National Alumni Council of United Negro College Fund, 1959-1960. Past. member advisory council Mississippi Vocational Education Program, Mississippi Regional Medical Programs. Member Mississippi Economic Council.
Member Southeast regional executive committee Boy Scouts American. Member executive committee Andrew Jackson council. Past member advisory council Mississippi 4-H Clubs.
Board directors Mississippi Mental Health Association, Mississippi Easter Seal Society. Past board directors Mississippi Heart Association. Member National Education Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, American Association School Administrators (Southern Regional Education board), National Association State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Southern Association Colleges Secondary Schools (past board directors, past chairman secondary commission, past chairman commission on colleges, past trustee), Mississippi Educators Association (president 1964-1965), Mississippi Teachers Association, National Society for Study of Higher Education, Tougaloo National Alumni Association (president 1960), George Peabody College Alumni Association (past vice president executive committee, Distinguished Alumni of Year 1991), John Dewey Society, Delta Kappa Pi, Phi Delta Kappa, Alpha Kappa Mu, Alpha Phi Alpha (general president 1974-1976).
Married Carolyn Carter, July 31, 1949.