Dr. Thomas A. Walker, Jr. began his role as the sixth president of Wayne Community College on September 1, 2016.
He came to Wayne Community College from the Grand Island campus of Central Community College where he was the Campus President (2014-2016). Dr. Walker had also been the Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services for all locations of Central Community College in Nebraska.
Dr. Walker has served in many roles in education throughout his career. In Missouri, he was Vice President for Student Affairs at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, founding Executive Director of K.I.P.P. (Knowledge is Power Program) St. Louis, and Dean of Administrative Services at Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City. He held the posts of Dean of Student Services and Enrollment Management at Davidson County Community College in North Carolina and Southwest Tennessee Community College as well as a full-time faculty member and an academic dean.
He has been involved in several executive development programs including Harvard University’s Institute for the Management of Lifelong Education, the League for Innovation in the Community College’s Executive Leadership Institute, and the Presidents’ Round Table of African-American CEOs of Community Colleges’ Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership.
Dr. Walker has been a Fellow with the National Center for Education Statistics and Harvard Seminar for New Presidents. Most recently, he was a member of the inaugural class (2016-2017) of the Aspen Institute’s Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence.
He currently serves as a Commissioner on the American Association of Community Colleges Commission for Academic, Student, and Community Development in addition to serving on the board of the Higher Education Research and Development Institute.