Office of the President
H. Fred Walker became the 18th President of Edinboro University on July 1, 2016.
Dr. Walker came to Edinboro from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where he served as Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology since 2008. RIT, the 10th largest private university in the United States, is an international, comprehensive, doctoral granting, research-active institution with campuses in Croatia, Kosovo, Dubai, and China. In his role as Dean, he successfully led the college in the development and completion of a strategic plan that included bringing all units within the college into fiscal sustainability, growth of college enrollments and academic program offerings, increasing the doctoral attainment of faculty members from 33% to 95+%, formation or reformation of two schools and multiple centers and departments, conversion from academic quarters to semesters, replacement of the institution-wide information system, and renovation of general education, all while sustaining a complex set of international operations. He also was co-leader of the institute-wide efforts in enhancing student success, on-time graduation, and overall student retention.
Dr. Walker began his career as an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Maine (USM) in 1995. USM, a member of the University of Maine System (UMS), is a public, regional, comprehensive university with satellite campuses located throughout the state. He progressed through all of the academic ranks, earned tenure, and assumed multiple leadership positions at the campus level, within all of the satellite campuses, and within the UMS, particularly in academic programming, shared governance, and as a liaison for collective bargaining.
Dr. Walker earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology and a Master of Business Administration at California State University - Fresno. He earned a Master of Engineering in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Industrial Education and Technology from Iowa State University. He has completed 14 professional certifications administered by the American Society of Quality and has written 13 major books in the field of quality and reliability engineering.
Additionally, Dr. Walker spent nine years in the U.S. Navy, working throughout the United States, Asia, Africa, and Australia in airborne electronics systems (avionics). He concluded his U.S. Naval career as an information systems administrator before being honorably discharged in 1992.
President Walker is married to Dr. Susan Newman, an audiologist who serves children and young adults. They have five adult and school-age children and enjoy outdoor activities such as walking/hiking, bicycling, kayaking, and skiing.