Dr. Herbert Stallworth was born in Consul, Alabama in 1923. After graduating highs school he enlisted in the Coast Guard and served during World War II. After the war he attended college using the GI Bill. He received a B. A. degree in political science with honors in 1948; the Master of Arts degree in political science in 1949; and the Doctor of Education degree in 1951.
Early in his career, Dr. Stallworth taught political science and history at Jacksonville University in Florida, was supervising principal of public schools in Nassau County, Florida, and worked several years in industry, industrial relations and personnel management and later served as President of Western Piedmont Community College.
In the spring of 1967, Mr. H. K. "Griz" Eckert invited Dr. Stallworth to Texas City to discuss the development of a new college. After discussion and consideration, the Board of College of the Mainland asked Dr. Stallworth to accept the presidency and the responsibility for the development of the institution. He accepted their invitation, and the next four years were a labor of love for him.
Dr. Stallworth later served as Vice President for Academic affairs of Austin Peay University State University in Tennessee. And finally, developed the project for the desegregation of Texas public higher education institutions in the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education of Texas.
At his request, Dr. Stallworth's ashes were scattered over Lake Eckert in 2015
Dr. Stallworth served as President of College of the Mainland from 1967 to 1971