Trulaske College of Business dean to retire after 20 years

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Trulaske College of Business has become the second largest academic unit at MU over the past two decades. The college's long-time dean, Bruce Walker had a hand in much of that success.

Walker announced Monday that he will be ending his 20-year service as dean at the end of summer 2010. Walker said he plans to be a full-time faculty member in the college’s marketing department.


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"I wanted the transition to a new dean to occur when the Trulaske College is strong and making good progress," Walker said Tuesday.  "I also think the college will benefit from new leadership in terms of updated vision, new ideas and a different voice."

Since beginning his tenure in July 1990, Walker has been influential in the school’s growth of alumni activity, donor funds, student enrollment and named faculty positions. He said in a news release that it's been a privilege to serve as dean.

"In my opinion, the Trulaske College has not only world-class bricks and mortar with Cornell Hall, but also top-caliber people and programs," Walker said.

During Walker's tenure, the college has undergone several positive developments.

"The college's achievements have been the result of a huge team effort," Walker said. "My role has been to help set a strategic direction for the college and to provide a measure of leadership for the team effort."

Under Walker, more than 85 percent of the college’s current faculty and staff was hired, and national rankings of its degree programs have improved. The college has the highest ranked public MBA program in Missouri.

“Dean Walker’s contributions have been enormous,” MU Provost Brian Foster said in a news release from the business school.

“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,” Foster said.

The college includes about 4,000 undergraduates and 350 graduate students. It entails four academic units – accountancy, finance, management and marketing – and 59 full-time faculty members, including 42 tenure track members.

"I hope and expect that the college will continue to grow in terms of quality and, resources permitting, number of students served," Walker said. "As a faculty member, I will work with students and will do what I can to assist my successor in getting off to a good start."

Walker is in New York for the week with the "Tigers on Wall Street" program, during which 16 students meet with business executives, job shadow and tour corporations.

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