We are all familiar with the top brand names in business education today: Tuck, Kellogg, Sloan, Wharton, just to name a few. These are schools who successfully over an extended period of time invested in that singular entity we call excellence: excellence in faculty, who brought to their classroom an unequalled commitment to learning and excellence in research that have in turn transformed the landscape of the business environment. But more recently, another name emerged: one determined to make its mark in the hyper-competitive field of business education: Walker. It is a name that represents strength, dedication to excellence, unparallel leadership and uncompromising integrity.
These traits, represented in the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology name, are what we as members of Webster University’s faculty and staff provide for our students everyday at every one of our campuses throughout the world.
We take great pride in our name and great pride in the man who allowed us to use his name. Now that we are a named school, it is really up to us, faculty, staff and students to demonstrate that we can become a “go-to brand name” in global business education.
Examples of what it takes to be head and shoulders above the rest can be found in the outstanding work spotlighted in this year’s “Celebrating Excellence, Faculty Accomplishments” – copies of which you will receive today. Another example of dedication to excellence in education can be found in the man I have the privileged of introducing to you. Please join me in welcoming to his school of business & technology, Webster University Trustee for Life, the institution’s largest benefactor and my good friend George Herbert Walker, III.