George W. Walker Receives College's Meritorious Service Recognition

George W. Walker Receives College's Meritorious Service Recognition
Dr. George W. Walker III, who is retiring as Vice President for Student Services next month, is the first recipient of the College’s Meritorious Service recognition, President Stuart Steiner reported to the Board of Trustees this evening.

The honor, created two years ago, is bestowed upon non-instructional staff who contribute significantly to the College and who serve as outstanding examples to other staff over a period of at least twenty years.

Dr. Walker arrived at Genesee in 1986 as Director of Institutional Advancement. He became the College’s chief student services officer in 1990, and has led the College’s student services programs since that time. Dr. Walker, an ordained Presbyterian minister, has become well known by thousands of people throughout the region for his talks and speeches, and for occasional guest preaching in area churches.  

Under Dr. Walker’s leadership, the College expanded the number of student clubs and organizations, instituted a comprehensive enrollment management plan, dramatically increased the amount of financial aid awarded to students, and increased tutoring and other support services to first-time college students and students experiencing academic difficulty. One of his major priorities has been making access to higher education – and educational services – as easy and welcoming as possible for students. He has become known for drawing lessons and examples from highly successful customer-oriented business organizations, such as Disney World.

“George has been a superb leader, and a trusted colleague and friend to me and to every member of Genesee’s faculty and staff,” President Stuart Steiner said. “The meritorious service recognition we are conferring on him is a tribute to both his exemplary service and his willingness to serve anyone in need of help, whether here at the College or in the wider community.”