The official portrait of Lawrence Technological University’s sixth president, Lewis N. Walker, was unveiled at a ceremony held on April 24. It will hang with the portraits of LTU’s five previous presidents in the “Hall of Presidents” outside the trustees’ board room on the top floor of the A. Alfred Taubman Student Services Center.
During the unveiling ceremony, LTU President Virinder Moudgil noted that the pose Walker chose is very characteristic of him – open, friendly, and engaged. “He stands in the University’s beautiful quadrangle, near the Taubman Center, a building that, through his inspiration, today is a national benchmark for outstanding student service and convenience, as well as green technologies,” Moudgil said.
Walker’s presidential portrait is the first at LTU to be digitally rendered from a photograph.
He served as president of Lawrence Tech from 2006 to 2012. He had been the University’s chief academic officer and provost for 12 years and then served as chancellor for a year after he stepped down as president. He now teaches for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
“Dr. Walker was an innovative and active leader,” Moudgil said.
Under his stewardship as provost, LTU became Michigan’s first wireless laptop university, and the program that provides personal computers for all undergraduates, the LTU Zone, remains a distinguishing feature of the LTU educational experience.
Walker guided the University through the most challenging economic era since the Great Depression with the “Recovery Starts Here” program that gained national attention. It established special scholarship funds and new degree and “fast-track” certificate programs in emerging economic sectors to help underemployed and displaced workers make rapid transitions to new careers.
Walker championed the creation of more than 40 new academic programs, through the doctoral level, with many online.
He also worked to assure leadership experiences in all four years of the undergraduate programs – a rare and value-added distinction among American colleges and universities.
During his tenure LTU gained admittance to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and began adding new varsity teams, most notably men’s and women’s basketball. A reconnection was made with the proud heritage of the Lawrence Tech Blue Devils after near half a century without varsity athletics, and that has helped to invigorate campus life and school spirit.
The University’s comprehensive capital campaign, “Proud Heritage, Bold Future,” began during his presidency and today exceeds $100 million.
Walker launched planning for LTU’s third student housing center, which will be completed in time for the 2015-16 academic year.
His leadership also included serving the LTU Alumni Association, traveling from coast to coast and overseas to visit graduates, encouraging their philanthropy and volunteerism.
In 2009, Walker and his wife, Nancy, furthered their own strong commitment to the University by establishing the Dr. Lewis N. Walker and Nancy Walker Endowed Scholarship for Leadership Excellence.