You Live Where? The Faces Behind the Places

Residence Hall

Walker Dorm

Job Position

Dean of Community and Family Programs


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Creation Date

Spring 2024


Dick Walker, known by many on campus as “Chief,” first visited Cedarville as a high school student and then returned after graduating from Bowling Green State University and serving in the military for two years. His first job on campus in 1970 was overseeing the intramural recreation program; in 1971 Dick was selected to serve as head resident at the Cedar Park apartments. He took over the position of Activities Director in 1972 and, along with serving as Dean of Men for ten years, he devoted his life to providing a vast array of activities for the University family. Under Dick’s direction, the Campus Activities Office brought to the university everything from highly sophisticated artist series to a ten-ton spirit rock. As the Dean of Community and Family Programs, Dick was instrumental in getting students involved in activities to benefit the local community. Later, he served as Coordinator for Alumni Engagement and made connections with alumni around the world. Dick was awarded the Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1998 and was named an Honorary Alumnus of the Year in 2008. Former President Paul Dixon said, “I think Dick Walker has probably had some of the most significant contributions of anyone who’s been at Cedarville.” Walker Hall was named for Dick in 2018.

Source: Barbara Loach, Cedarville University: Defining Legacies