The George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology

| April 22, 2010

‘What’s in a Name?’

Chancellor Neil George and Matt Andrew, associate vice president, Development & Alumni, unveil George Herbert Walker's portrait at announcement event. Photo by M. Kirk

At noon today, April 22, 2010, President Beth Stroble announced at that Webster’s School of Business and Technology has been renamed the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology.

“George Herbert Walker is a treasured name at Webster University,” Stroble said. “Over the past 35 years at Webster…his service has been extraordinary and his philanthropy, transformative.”

Walker, a Webster life trustee and former ambassador to Hungary, donated $10 million in 2007 to benefit the School of Business and Technology, the single largest gift the University ever received.

Ambassador Walker (left), Dean Akande and William Donaldson share a light moment during President Stroble's remarks. Photo by M. Kirk

“In the future when students enter our classrooms and log onto our website….they will be reminded of the Walker name and the value it represents: education, integrity and leadership,” said Benjamin Akande, dean of the newly named School. “They say you are known by the company you keep. The George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University; I must admit I like the sound of it.”

In addition to remarks by President Stroble and Dean Akande, several of Walker’s close associates addressed the gathering, including: William Donaldson, chairman of Donaldson Enterprises, a member of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and a friend of the Walker’s from Yale University days; Mark Burkhardt, chairman, Webster’s Board of Trustees and CEO of Cassidy Turley; Ron Kruszewski, chairman and CEO of Stifel Nicolaus & Co., Inc.; and Neil George, chancellor.

Adding their congratulations via videotaped messages were Walker’s cousins George W. Bush, who named him ambassador to Hungary, and Bush’s father, George H.W. Bush.

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