Webster Names School of Business After Life Trustee George Herbert Walker, III
How important is a name? In business, names define who you are, what you stand for and what you do. But for a School of Business, a name means even more. It is a glimpse into your foundation, a reflection on your integrity both on and off your campus, and a proclamation of all your institution holds dear. Your name is a calling card which mirrors your commitment to education, to enriching students' lives and to how your work will impact the world. That's why we chose our new name carefully. And, on Thursday April 22, 2010, Webster University's business school proudly became the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology after former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary and Webster University Life Trustee George Walker. Click here to watch the ceremony, including remarks by Walker family friend, former Commissioner of the Security Exchange Commission and Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange William Donaldson.
"Bert's lifetime of selfless service to others is a hallmark of legendary leaders and the quintessential example we wish to set for our students," said Dean Benjamin Akande during today's naming ceremony at Webster University's home campus in St. Louis, Missouri. "From now and until the end of time when our students enter our classrooms and log on to our website, they will be reminded by George Walker's name of his values toward education, integrity and leadership." Click here to view pictures from the event.
In 2007, Ambassador Walker bestowed upon the school a gift of $10 million which he designated to benefit the university's business school. Ambassador Walker's ties to Webster date back to 1974 when he joined the university's board of trustees at the invitation of former Webster President Leigh Gerdine. In addition to serving several terms on Webster's board, Ambassador Walker served as board chairman from 1987 - 1992 and was named a life trustee of the university in 2003.
Ambassador Walker is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School. He also has received honorary degrees from Webster University and Harris-Stowe State University, and recently from two Hungarian universities – the University of Pecs and St. Istvan University. Meet Ambassador Walker here.