HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 22, 2013 – Anne Kerr Walker has committed a gift of $1 million to her alma mater, High Point University. She and her husband, Dr. Lawrence Crumpler Walker, are active supporters of HPU and residents of Winston-Salem.
“The university continues to receive tremendous support from our graduates,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president. “We are grateful to the Walkers for their stewardship and loyal friendship.”
Walker graduated from HPU in 1960 and was a long-time educator in the public school system where she taught English and journalism for more than 30 years before entering the real estate industry.
She has held positions on many boards and organizations, including president of the North Carolina Association of Educators’ English Teachers and charter president of the Hillsborough Jaycettes. During her time as a teacher, she was named “Outstanding Young Educator for Orange County.” She was elected to the HPU Board of Trustees in 2011 and is president of the Steel Magnolias, a group of women who graduated from HPU primarily between 1955 and 1965. The group is an active part of the HPU Alumni Association and frequently hosts events on campus.
“I feel it is my obligation to give back to the university that has meant so much to me over the years,” says Walker. “The beautiful campus, the extraordinary academic opportunities that are available to the students, and the tremendous impact the university has made in our area make me very proud to be a trustee and a graduate of High Point University. I am grateful to be able to contribute and be a part of the university’s phenomenal growth and success.”
This is the latest in a recent string of gifts to the university that includes a $5 million scholarship fund donated by an anonymous alumnus; a $2 million pledge from alumnus and Smart Choice CEO Doug Witcher; a $10 million gift from Ron Wanek, founder and chairman of Ashley Furniture in Wisconsin; and a commitment of $16 million from parents of current students toward HPU’s new Center for Student Success.