William & Mary

American Studies Alum Reaches New Heights

Dr. Cory D.B. Walker

Corey D.B. Walker, a scholar, author and college dean, will return to Virginia Union University to lead the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, where he once studied for the ministry, effective July 1, 2017.

He currently is dean of a major college of Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina — the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education, where he manages 19 academic departments that enroll more than 3,500 students and employ more than 200 full-time faculty members.

He said he believed it was time for a new era that “marks the end of the ‘administrator’ and a new beginning for critical intellectuals committed to activating new visions of transformation and possibility.”

In his view, that’s what universities need — “critical intellectuals – not administrators,” who offer students and faculty “fresh opportunities to move beyond sterile regimes of thought and dogmatic institutional practices, instead framing and authorizing new practices that aid in righteous planetary possibilities.”

Dr. Walker earned his undergraduate degree from Norfolk State University and also holds master’s degrees from Harvard and Brown universities, along with his master’s of divinity from VUU. He earned a doctorate in American studies from the College of William & Mary.