Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Love of higher education, Texas brings Brad Walker to A&M-Kingsville

KINGSVILLE - April 10, 2014

Contact: Julie Navejar
jule.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

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Brad Walker is a native Texan who has lived in almost every region in the state except South Texas…until now. Walker is now a South Texas resident as he starts his new post as executive director and chief executive officer for the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation Inc. and chief development officer for the university’s alumni and development office.

On the job for about one month, Walker said it was his love of higher education and the state of Texas that originally brought him to the position at Texas A&M-Kingsville and the goal of his position that will keep him here.

“I want to increase philanthropic support for the mission of this university,” he said.

Dr. Steven Tallant, university president, said, “The university is growing every year and I know that Brad will be able to step up to the plate and see that giving grows along with enrollment”.

“We were impressed with Brad’s positive attitude, his experience, integrity and people skills,” said Joe Henkel, chairman of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation Board and chief executive officer of Kleberg Bank. “The foundation needs Brad Walker’s strong leadership, expertise and desire to see our students thrive and the university succeed.  Brad will transform the Foundation.”

Walker continued, “I am looking forward to working with all of our alumni and with our foundation board and all of our leadership across campus to muster support for the university.”

“With the success that Dr. Tallant and his team has had during his tenure here, this really was an easy sell in getting me to come here,” he said. “I’m excited to join his team and be a part of this university community that I can already tell has a family feel to it.”

Walker said that most institutions are always in a capital campaign. “It is just a matter of what phase are you in on the cycle,” he said. “I’m looking forward to developing a plan that puts us in a position for the next campaign.”

“Dr. Tallant has had great success in his time here. We need to talk very seriously about what that might mean in terms of support and what a campaign might look like.” 

About Brad Walker

Prior to coming to Texas A&M-Kingsville, Walker was executive director of the INTEGRIS Health System Foundation, serving multiple hospital campuses in Oklahoma.

Originally a sportswriter, Walker began his career in advancement as the news and publications manager, then development officer, at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 1995. In 1998, he moved to the main campus at Texas Tech University as associate director of The Horizon Campaign, the first comprehensive fundraising effort in the institution’s history, successfully surpassing a $300 million--then $500 million--goal.

In 2000, Walker moved across campus to the athletics department as associate director of the Red Raider Club, leading the department in implementing a priority points system for donors and tripling its endowment. In 2005, he was named assistant state director for the March of Dimes, Arkansas Division, and in 2006 he joined the Oklahoma State University Foundation as associate vice president. Primarily responsible for development at OSU Center for Health Sciences, the Tulsa-based campus saw its first endowed chairs as part of the Branding Success comprehensive campaign.

Walker is a trustee for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame; served as a mentor for the Stanley F. Hupfeld Charter School in Oklahoma City; and has been a member of the Rotary Clubs in Oklahoma City, Lubbock and Rogers, Arkansas.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Texas Tech University. He received his Certificate in Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation and his Certificate in Fund Raising Management (CFRM) from The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Walker’s wife, Patricia, is a native of Del Rio and is a higher education consultant and his daughter, Evan, works in development at MIT. His younger daughter, Sierra, was recently married and has been selected to work in the Teach for America program in Dallas.

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