Dr. Art Walker, former president of Motlow College, will address the more than 700 students who will “walk” during May 11 commencement exercises on Motlow’s Moore County campus, according to Dr. MaryLou Apple, who succeeded Walker as president in the summer of 2006.
“We are pleased and honored to have Dr. Walker as this year’s commencement speaker,” Apple said. “He is a champion of higher education and an excellent speaker who served students throughout his career. I know this year’s graduates and their families and friends will be inspired by his message.”
A native of Bridgeport, Ala., Walker received an associate degree from Okaloosa-Walton Community College, bachelor’s degree from Athens State University, master’s degree from Troy University and a doctorate from the University of Memphis.
During a 26-year career with the U.S. Air Force, Walker earned three meritorious service medals, four Air Force Commendation medals and was named first honor graduate and distinguished graduate from Officer Training School. He retired at the rank of major in 1988.
Also in 1988, Walker joined the Motlow College faculty as an instructor of psychology. The following year, he was named director of the Fayetteville Center and in 2000 succeeded Dr. Kay Clark as Motlow’s vice president for academic affairs.
Walker was confirmed by the Tennessee Board of Regents as president of the college in October of 2002 and assumed the position on Jan. 3, 2003. During his presidency, he progressively moved the college forward in the areas of student access, capital projects and fund-raising.
Motlow’s commencement will include two ceremonies, with the first at 10 a.m. for nursing students and students who attended classes primarily on the Moore County campus. A second ceremony for those who took classes at Fayetteville, McMinnville and Smyrna centers, will begin at 2 p.m. Walker will speak at both.