Monday, November 23, 2009

Who is James E. Walker (Library)

The James E. Walker Library, named for the University’s eighth president, opened in 1999.

James E. Walker graduated from Alabama State University with a bachelor's degree in biology, earned a master’s in special education from Atlanta University, and graduated from Pennsylvania State University's doctoral program in education. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alabama in Higher Education Administration and was also a graduate of the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management.

Dr. Walker was provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Northern Colorado until he became President of MTSU in 1991. He left MTSU in 2000 to become President of Southern Illinois University, the place his teaching career started decades before. He died at his home on February 6, 2006 after a decade long battle with cancer.

Dr. Walker’s strong support for the Library is continued today by President McPhee.

Help us celebrate 10 years in the building by telling us "My favorite thing about the James E. Walker Library is...." Email us at or you can fill out a card at one of the desks located throughout the Library and we will automatically enter you in a drawing to win an IPOD and other prizes.

Enter by Nov. 30. Email entries/Cards will be drawn for doorprizes on December 1st, 2009, so tell us your favorite Library thing today!

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