Walker Retires from MACC Board After Thirty Years of Service
Moberly, MO – Moberly Area Community College hosted a retirement reception for retired Board of Trustees President Greg Walker on April 30th. Walker celebrated thirty years of service as a Trustee in April. First elected to the Board in 1984, Walker completed his fifth term as a board member – the longest time of service by any Trustee since the formation of the separate college district in 1982.
During his years on the board, Walker held various executive positions, including President from 2000 to 2006 and, more recently, from 2012 until the completion of his final term in 2014. Walker also served as MACC Board Vice-President and Secretary.
"Greg has many important qualities that contributed to his ability to be an outstanding member of the Board of Trustees," said MACC President Dr. Jeffery Lashley. "He was always positive, engaged, insightful, and conscientious in his approach to the work of the Board."
Lashley continued, "Greg is also a very warm person with a great sense of humor that enables him to have very positive and productive relationships when working with others. He has provided 30 years of exceptional service to MACC's students, trustees, faculty, staff, and all the communities in MACC's service region."
At the state level, Walker was an active member on the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) Board for nine years, including serving as Board chair in 2011. In 2006, he received the Glynn E. Clark Distinguished Service Award, in large part for his efforts to lead the statewide MCCA membership campaign.
"I've always appreciated Greg's emphasis on leadership at all levels and the importance of creating an environment in which all employees are valued," said Zora Mulligan, MCCA Executive Director. "He will be very missed as a leader at the state level."
Over Walker's time in office, the College has experienced extensive regional growth. In 1984, the Moberly campus housed almost 600 students in just three buildings. Today there are seven campuses with over 5500 students throughout central and northeast Missouri. Walker is proud to have been affiliated with the important role MACC plays in the region and its growth over the past thirty years.
"As a Board, it our responsibility to hire great administrators, like Dr. Andrew Komar, Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson and Dr. Lashley and then get out of their way," Walker said this week. "None of the great things that MACC has accomplished were the Board, alone. They occurred because of the hard work that happens in the offices and classrooms of our campuses every day."
A graduate of the Missouri University School of Journalism, Walker has lived in Moberly since 1973. In that time, his professional resume includes ten years in radio news and broadcasting (KWIX and KRES), management of the national sales force for Third Century Leasing and Chase Manhattan Leasing, and eight years of sales and marketing at Precision Printing. Today, he is a district manager for Aflac Insurance.
Community service extends beyond the college for Walker. He was elected to the Randolph County United Way board, the Moberly Area Chamber of Commerce and assisted in fund-raising drives for the Sheltered Workshop and MACC prior to 1980. Walker is an elder on the Session of Coates Street Presbyterian Church. Additionally, he handled the Emcee role for the Chamber of Commerce annual banquets for more than 25 years.
His wife, Sally, has been the director of the maternal child nursing unit at Moberly Regional Medical Center, where she has been employed for nearly 40 years. They have two daughters, Lori Walker of Kansas City and Jenny Hemmer, who resides in Dublin CA.