April 21, 2000
KALAMAZOO -- Dr. Alan G. Walker has been named vice provost of academic affairs for continuing education at Western Michigan University, effective July 1.
Walker will oversee WMU's extensive continuing education efforts, which include program offerings at eight regional centers and study sites around Michigan. He replaces Dr. Frank Rapley, who has been serving as interim dean for continuing education as well as dean of the College of Education.
Walker is currently director of development in the Division of Continuing Education at Louisiana State University, where he previously served as director of the Fire and Emergency Training Institute. As development director, he has helped lead an interdisciplinary effort to establish a new international center for emergency management training at LSU. He also served for seven years as a program director for the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Kansas and as a curriculum and program developer with the Idaho State Division for Vocational Education.
Walker earned an associate's degree at the College of Southern Idaho in 1982; bachelor's and master's degrees in 1984 and 1988, respectively, from the University of Idaho; and a doctoral degree in higher education policy and administration from the University of Kansas in 1999. He is the author of numerous papers and trade journal articles and was selected for an International Inaugural Visiting Fellowship to England in 1995.
Walker's appointment was approved by the WMU Board of Trustees April 20.
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