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Dr. Albert Walker Announces Resignation as BSC President to Accept Presidency at Harris-Stowe State University

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    Wednesday, August 24 2011
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

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(Bluefield)—After nine years as Bluefield State College's president, Dr. Albert Walker has resigned (effective September 30, 2011) to become president at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Missouri. Harris-Stowe announced late Tuesday that Dr. Walker will succeed Dr. Henry Givens, Jr., who announced his retirement earlier this year after 32 years as Harris-Stowe's president.

Dr. Walker has ties to the state of Missouri—he is a graduate of Lincoln University and was previously Vice President for Academic Affairs at Harris-Stowe, one of that state's two Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He will begin his new post on October 1.

Walker is a career educator. He has taught in public schools and institutions of higher education since 1967. He became Bluefield State College's 12th president in September, 2002 after serving as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and a tenured professor at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina.

During his nine years as BSC president, Walker led the College during a dynamic period as Bluefield State adapted to the mandates of higher education reorganization legislation. Bluefield State College evolved into a primarily baccalaureate institution with specific associate degree programs. Under his watch, the percentage of fulltime BSC faculty holding terminal degrees has risen substantially, enrollment has grown steadily, and educational research has increased. He has also been a strong advocate of BSC's effort to attain university status.

"I am extremely grateful for the support received from the regional community and the organizations upon which I have been privileged to serve," Walker said. "The Bluefield State College Board of Governors, the leadership in Charleston, our faculty, staff, administration, and most importantly, our students have played essential roles in the success of the College throughout my time as president here."