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New President For Harris-Stowe State University



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September 22, 2011
Harris-Stowe State University has named Albert Walker Ed.D. as the successor to outgoing president Henry Givens Jr. Ph.D. Givens announced his plans to retire from Harris-Stowe after 32 years in April 2011. Walker will begin his new position at Harris-Stowe on Oct. 1.

Walker is currently the president of Bluefield State College in Bluefield, Va. He is a graduate of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education.

He later earned three master of arts degrees from Bradley University in the areas of educational administration, elementary education and secondary and community college education. He received his Ed.D. in educational administration from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

Prior to becoming president at Bluefield, Walker held various positions in higher education, including vice chancellor for academic affairs at Elizabeth City State University; vice president for academic affairs at Kentucky State University; vice president for academic affairs at Harris-Stowe State University and dean of the School of Education at North Carolina A&T State University.

He served, for six years, as the assistant commissioner of education in the Division of Urban and Teacher Education for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Walker holds additional experience in education as a former tenured professor, principal and classroom teacher. He is chairman of the Higher Learning Commission's Board of Trustees (North Central accrediting agency) and sits on the boards of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the American Association for State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

Givens to be Honored

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Givens will retire as president of Harris-Stowe State University on Sept. 30, after 32 years in the role. He has been selected by Congressman William "Lacy" Clay Jr. as a 2011 honoree at the Missouri Walk of Fame induction.

Givens will receive the award during a reception and presentation in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Sept. 23. The event is part of the Annual Legislative Caucus sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II and Clay are the honorary chairmen of the event, which will be held at the Board of Governors Room of the American Red Cross.

Givens is being honored for his achievements and accomplishments throughout his illustrious career in the field of education and will join other distinguished Missourians who have made significant contributions to the African-American community.

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