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Dr. Richard Walker

Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, UH

Richard Walker

Dr. Walker has 35 years of experience in higher education, at both public and private institutions.  Prior to becoming the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services for the University of Houston System and Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services for the University of Houston in September 2011, he was with the University of Miami for 24 years, 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. He also worked at are Central Missouri State University and Middle Tennessee State University.

Dr. Walker received his Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Miami. He earned a Specialist in Education in Education Administration and Supervision from Middle Tennessee State University, a Master of Education in Education Administration and Supervision from Memphis State University and a Bachelor of Science in History from Middle Tennessee State University. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education Management Development Program.

He currently serves as an instructor for the Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies program within the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the College of Education at the University of Houston. His research area of interest is the relationships among student leadership experiences and learning outcomes.

Dr. Walker is involved in several Student Affairs professional associations and has served as the national president, executive vice president, and conference chairperson for the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors. He is a past treasurer for the AFA Foundation Board of Directors. Currently he is a member of TACUSPA – Texas Association of College & University Student Personnel Administrators and serves on the TACUSPA Foundation Committee, TCCSAO – Texas Council Chief Student Affairs Officers, ACPA – College Student Educators International, Association of College Unions International, and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. He was a member of the 2015 NASPA National Board of Directors serving as the 2015 NASPA National Conference Chair. He is currently serving NASPA as a member of the James E. Scott Academy Board and was a member of the NASPA Emergency Resources Advisory Group. He is a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and has served on the National Extension Advisory Committee.

NASPA, the leading association for student affairs professionals in higher education, and the NASPA Foundation named Dr. Walker as a 2016 Pillar of the Profession. The award honors sustained professional distinction in higher education recognizing extraordinary excellence and service, significant lifetime contributions and leadership roles in NASPA. In June 2015 he received the NASPA Region III John Jones Award for Outstanding Performance as a Senior Student Affairs Officer.