Lewis N. Walker became chancellor of Lawrence Technological University on July 1, 2012, following six years as president.
Walker joined Lawrence Tech in 1994 as provost, the University’s chief academic officer. In 2003 he was appointed to the additional role of executive vice president, adding oversight of student services and business activities.
Walker holds three degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia, including the Ph.D. in electrical engineering. A registered professional engineer, he was involved as principal investigator or investigator of numerous research contracts and has organized and presented many short courses and seminars on power system protection and power system dispatch operations. He also helped develop systems to communicate with deeply submerged submarines anywhere in the world.
As president, Walker continued to expand academic priorities that he had helped put in place as provost and executive vice president – improving student access to computer technology, expanding international partnerships, and making facility improvements to support emerging technologies and career fields.
The growth of degree and fast-track certificate programs from the associate through the doctoral level has been a hallmark of Walker’s leadership. The number of academic programs has grown from 60 to more than 100, and Lawrence Tech has introduced more than 40 “fast track” certificate programs designed to help displaced workers make a quick transition to new careers.
He has also led the inclusion of leadership training during all four years of a student's undergraduate experience, a value added distinction seldom seen outside the service academies.
Walker came to Lawrence Tech from the University of Hartford, which he had joined in 1982 as dean of engineering and professor of electrical engineering, and later also served as special assistant to the president. He has published more than 50 technical papers and has lectured in Brazil, India, Malaysia, Taiwan, and several European countries.
Walker serves as a director of the Detroit Economic Club, the Engineering Society of Detroit, the Detroit Regional Chamber, and the Skyline Club of Southfield. He serves on the executive board of the Detroit Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2008 he was appointed by the governor to Michigan's Higher Education Facilities Commission.
Honoring his contributions to science and engineering, Walker received the 2012 Gold Award from the Affiliate Council of the Engineering Society of Detroit.
In 2005, Walker initiated a partnership with Ferndale Public Schools (MI) to establish University High School, which provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum for public school students. Previously he was on the task force to develop college courses and degree pathways for Focus: HOPE in Detroit.
He is a past director of Automation Alley and served as secretary of the board of directors of the Plastics Learning Center, a director of the Southeast Michigan Alliance for Manufacturing, and the Workforce Development Board of Oakland County.
Earlier, he was president of the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers, and vice president from the northeast of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He also served as a director of the Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce; as director of the American Society of Engineering Education and as chairman of the Zone 1 Board of ASEE; and as a director of the Connecticut Pre-Engineering program.
A native of Missouri, Walker and his wife, Nancy, have five children and three grandchildren. One of their sons is a Lawrence Tech alumnus.
Students, colleagues, and friends praise the accomplishments Lewis N. Walker, Lawrence Technological University’s sixth president, as he transitions to his new role as the University’s chancellor.