On Monday afternoon, Dr. Bruce Walker told the faculty and staff of the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business at the University of Missouri that he will conclude his service as dean at the end of summer 2010. Walker, who had been on the faculty at Arizona State University, came to MU as dean in June 1990. He intends to be a full-time faculty member in the college’s Department of Marketing.
MU's chief academic officer, provost Brian Foster, stated, "Dean Walker's contributions have been enormous. The Trulaske College has seen enrollments grow dramatically and, at the same time, the college's scholarly productivity and reputation have grown to the point that MU now has one of the nation's leading business schools. The College is housed in a stunning new facility. The loyalty and support of alumni are very strong. Dr. Walker provided critical leadership in all of these areas."
Under Walker’s leadership, MU’s business school has engaged hundreds of alumni in its educational activities and has raised tens of millions of dollars in private support for student scholarships, named faculty positions, academic and professional-development programs, and a new building, Harry and Ann Cornell Hall. More than 85% of the college's current faculty and staff members have been hired during Walker's time as dean. National rankings of the college's degree programs have improved markedly over the past 10 years. In October 2007, MU's business school was named the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business in recognition of a series of gifts from Robert and Geraldine Trulaske.
"We, and that includes so many people, can be very proud of the quality of Mizzou’s business school. In my opinion, the Trulaske College has not only world-class ‘bricks and mortar' with Cornell Hall, but also top-caliber 'people and programs' as evidenced by outstanding students, faculty, staff, alumni, and business partners along with rigorous degree programs and wide-ranging professional-development activities for students,” Walker said. “It’s really been a privilege for me to serve as dean of the Trulaske College of Business," he added.
Walker was the recipient of the 2008 Pacheco Academic Leadership Award, which is presented to one administrator across the four UM campuses each year. He is the co-author of Marketing, a textbook used in many collegiate business schools around the world. Walker is a member of the boards of directors of Boone County National Bank, Walsworth Publishing Co., and the Missouri Innovation Center-Columbia, and along with his wife Pam, has been actively involved with the United Way in Columbia.