J. Richard Walker

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs - UH System
Vice President for Student Affairs - University of Houston

Dr. Walker has more than 29 years of experience in higher education, at both public and private institutions.  Prior to becoming the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for the University of Houston System and the Vice President for Student Affairs for the University of Houston in September 2011, he was with the University of Miami for 24, where he worked in a variety of progressively responsible positions – Assistant/Associate Dean of Students, Director of Student Life, and Assistant/Associate Vice President for Student Affairs - giving him experience in strategic planning, financial management, development/advancement initiatives and assessment. At the University of Miami he served as the Student Affairs liaison with Intercollegiate Athletics and Alumni Relations and coordinated special projects for the President. He represented the Division of Student Affairs as a member of the Academic Deans Administrative Council, the university-wide Emergency Advisory Committee and served as a Student Affairs Crisis Coordinator. Previous universities at which he worked are Central Missouri State University and Middle Tennessee State University.

Dr. Walker received his Ed.D. degree in higher education leadership from the University of Miami in 2009. He earned a specialist in education degree in education administration and supervision from Middle Tennessee State University in 1984, a master of education degree in education administration and supervision from Memphis State University in 1982 and a bachelor of science degree in history from Middle Tennessee State University in 1981. He is also a 1999 graduate of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education Management Development Program.

Dr. Walker served as an adjunct faculty member and practicum supervisor for the Higher Education program in the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies in the School of Education at the University of Miami. His research area of interest is the relationships among student leadership experiences and learning outcomes.

Dr. Walker is involved in Student Affairs professional associations and has served as the national president, executive vice president, and conference chairperson for the Association of Fraternity Advisors. He is a past treasurer for the Association of Fraternity Advisors Foundation Board of Directors. Currently he is a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the American College Personnel Association and Association of College Unions International. He is a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and previously served as the Chairman of the National Extension Advisory Committee and the National New Member Education Committee. Enhancing student success and the student learning experience through the integration of curricular and co-curricular opportunities has been a focus of Dr. Walker's career. This has been achieved by building strong campus and community relationships and collaborations.