Deans of business and education schools named
A former West Point business professor and a man who led Eastern Kentucky University during that state's education reform effort will join The Citadel this summer.
Earl Walker will assume the position of dean of business on Aug. 1. Kenneth Henson, the new dean of education, will arrive Aug. 15.
Walker is currently dean and professor of the School of Management at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo. He is a graduate the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. An Army veteran, Walker is also a former West Point professor and policy advisor to the White House during the Carter administration.
Henson, chosen from among 20 applicants, is a professor and the former dean of the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky. He holds degrees from Auburn University, the University of Florida and the University of Alabama. Under Henson, Eastern Kentucky University helped 21 school districts in its service area implement education reforms adopted by the state in 1990. That coupled with his extensive experience establishing Kentucky's only Model Laboratory School and his publications prepare him well to lead The Citadel's education program.
"Both of these outstanding professionals will add greatly to the leadership of these two programs as we explore opportunities for growth and enhancement," said Citadel President Gen. John S. Grinalds.
In the newly created business deanship, Walker, who was picked from a field of 40 to 50 applicants, will help The Citadel develop its business program, which enrolls about one third of its undergraduates.
Walker also has been named the Robert A. Jolley Chair in Business Administration, which was established in 1984 by James E. Jolley, Class of 1947, and Robert A. Jolley, Jr., Class of 1942, in memory of their father.
Harry Carter, vice president for academic affairs, said the college was looking for a business dean who could build community support and provide internal leadership.
"Because of Dean Walker's experience as a business dean at two institutions plus his years of teaching at West Point, he was our No. 1 choice."