Wallace Earl Walker, Ph.D.
Dr. W. Earl Walker is Founding Dean and Professor Emeritus at The Citadel School of Business. He retired in 2014 as Professor or Management and Leadership. In 2018, he founded and is directing The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program. He also was COO of the Business School Mentors Association. He retired in July 2007 as the Founding Dean of the Citadel School of Business Administration. He has also served as the President of The Rotary Club of Charleston and on the Boards of many organizations in the Lowcountry. Previously he served as Dean and Professor of the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri and Dean and Professor of Management in the School of Business at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Previously he was Director of Training at McLane Company in Temple, Texas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wal-Mart.
He was also Professor of Public Policy, Program Director, and Division Chair in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point for 18 years. In addition, he was a line Army officer. He retired in 1993 as an Army Colonel after 26 years of service. He was a 1967 Distinguished Graduate (summa cum laude) and Phi Kappa Phi from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and has a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Also, he is the author of three books and over 25 articles on leadership, organizations, defense policy making, the presidency, and Congress. As an Army officer, he graduated with distinction from every level of military schooling through the National War College; he is also a graduate of the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College. Finally, he has actively served four Episcopal congregations since he joined the Church in 1982 as a senior warden, vestry member, lay duties coordinator, lay reader, and chalice bearer.
Earl has been married to Susan Porter Walker for over 50 years, and they have two children, Allen and Kathryn. Susan has a Master’s Degree in Library Science and has served as an archivist, medical librarian, and a children’s librarian. She is a Master Gardener, docent at the Edmondston Alston House in Charleston, was a docent at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and at the San Antonio Museum of Art and a tour guide for West Point Tours.
Allen is a Regular Army Colonel, airborne and ranger qualified, commanded an Army signal battalion, has commanded an airborne signal company, and is assigned in Washington, DC. He has had tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Ghana.
Kathryn is an attorney. She graduated the College of William and Mary with honors in business administration and information technology systems and is a cum laude graduate of Michigan School of Law. She has also served as a law clerk at a federal appeals court in Washington, DC. Before attending law school, she worked with a consulting firm in Washington, DC. She currently practices law at Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan.