Harris-Stowe Board of Regents Announces New President
The Harris-Stowe State University Board of Regents, Thelma Cook, chairwoman, has announced that Dr. Albert Walker will succeed outgoing president, Dr. Henry Givens Jr. Dr. Givens announced his plans to retire from Harris-Stowe after 32 years in April 2011. Dr. Walker is currently the president of Bluefield State College in Bluefield, West Virginia.
Dr. Walker is a graduate of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. He later earned three Master of Arts degrees from Bradley University in the areas of educational administration, elementary education and secondary and community college education. He received his Ed.D. in educational administration from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.
Prior to becoming president at Bluefield, Dr. Walker held various positions in higher education, including vice chancellor for academic affairs at Elizabeth City State University; vice president for academic affairs at Kentucky State University; vice president for academic affairs at Harris-Stowe State University and dean of the School of Education at North Carolina A&T State University. He served, for six years, as the Assistant Commissioner of Education in the Division of Urban and Teacher Education for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Jefferson City, Mo. Dr. Walker holds additional experience in education as a former tenured professor, principal and classroom teacher.
During his successful career, Dr. Walker has published numerous articles, taught many courses and received several awards. His accomplishments as president of Bluefield State include increasing the number of grant awards secured by the college; successful accreditation efforts and a significant increase in Bluefield’s enrollment, to name a few. He is well versed in fundraising, research, program development, student retention and strategic planning.
Dr. Walker’s is chairman of the Higher Learning Commission’s Board of Trustees (North Central accrediting agency) and sits on the boards of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the American Association for State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).
He will begin his new position at Harris-Stowe on October 1, 2011.
Harris-Stowe State University, located in midtown St. Louis, is a four-year institution that offers 14 degree programs in the areas of Accounting, Business Administration, Biology, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Health Care Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Information Sciences and Computer Technology, Mathematics, Middle School Education, Professional Interdisciplinary Studies, Secondary Education and Urban Education. Ranked by U.S. News as one of America’s Best Colleges in the Midwest, the University, which has been in existence for more than 150 years, offers the most affordable bachelor’s degree in the metropolitan area.