From a high school diploma earned at Stevenson Vocational School in Toomsuba, Mississippi to a Bachelor of Science degree at Jackson State University, a Master of Science at Indiana University, to the Ed.D earned at the University of Miami (Florida), Walter Reed always valued education.

His multi–faceted career as educator, coach, athletic director and administrator has included positions at Lawrence Elementary School (MS). N. H. Pilate High School (MS), Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, Greater Miami Legal Services, Florida International Univer sity, Florida A&M University, and the University of Miami (Florida).

Dr. Reed has been involved at all levels of athletics from elementary school through college. At the collegiate level, he served on several NCAA and NAIA committees, served on conference (SWAC and MEAC) committees, and chaired the NCAA T–AA Football Committee.

Presently, Dr. Reed is a member of the Board of Directors–Jackson Touchdown Club, President of the Central Mississippi Chapter National Football Foundation, member of the Board of Directors of the All–American Football Founda tion, chairperson of the Jackson State University Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee, and member of the Board of Directors of the Marietta Reading Center.

His numerous awards include an Education Professional Development Act Fellowship at the University of Miami and a Southern Foundation Fellowship (Atlanta, GA). He has been honored as Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Man of the Year, member of the NCAA Executive Commit tee, twice named Southwestern Athletic Con ference Athletic Director of the Year, and has been inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, Jackson State University Sports Hall of Fame, Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame, Mideastern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame, and the National Association of Col legiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame. A 2020 National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation nominee, Reed and other honorees will be inducted later this fall.

Dr. Reed serves as a deacon at Mount Helm Baptist Church (Jackson) and is an active mem ber of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He and his wife Martha are parents of Clifton, Kathy and Walter A., and have four grandchildren: Kahla, Walter AC, Sydney and Jared; and a great–granddaughter, Waverly.