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Doug Walker Named to Lead WAU Communications

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The new Vice President of Marketing & Integrated Communications for Washington Adventist University (WAU) is Douglas K. Walker, a seasoned communications professional who brings more than 20 years of experience to the position.

“Doug Walker has outstanding communications and marketing skills that will significantly enhance our efforts to achieve excellence at all levels of this university,” said President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D.  “I am extremely pleased to have someone of his caliber fill this position, which is so critical to our success.”

For the final three years of the Obama Administration, Walker served as Deputy Commissioner for Communications at the Social Security Administration, where he was a presidential appointee responsible for the agency’s internal and external marketing and outreach. In this role, Walker developed and executed a communications strategy to engage the agency’s 64,000 employees on key issues and priorities, and he led all marketing efforts which included an award-winning web portal. His social media outreach efforts on multiple platforms quickly exceeded 250,000 followers among customers and advocates.

Walker is no stranger to the WAU campus. Prior to his appointment to the Social Security Administration in 2013, Walker served as Interim Vice President and General Manager for the University’s WGTS 91.9 FM radio station. In that role, he managed a staff of 40 and led a successful $1.1 million fund-raising campaign.  Doug was an announcer at WGTS as a student, and in later years, served as a volunteer producer and member of the station’s board of directors.  He put some of that radio experience to good use as Development Director at Andrews University’s WAUS-FM in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

During over a dozen years doing communications and government relations for the National Education Association (NEA), Walker was, among other roles, NEA’s Associate Director of Interactive Media. While there, he edited the nation’s largest circulation education magazine and supervised the editors of four specialized, targeted periodicals. He also oversaw the association’s social media outreach and multiple web sites.

Walker’s communications career includes a stint as a speechwriter for the director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and as a press officer for the Chicago Public Schools. He also gained Capitol Hill experience on the staffs of U.S. Sen. Paul Simon (IL) and U.S. Rep. Edolphus Towns (NY).  He has led communications departments at three federal agencies and a large national political organization.

Walker earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Howard University and was a Senior Executive Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County’s only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. Approximately 1,100 students of all faiths participate in the university’s nine graduate and 42 undergraduate programs. The 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

 

Media Contacts:

Doug Walker, 301-891-4134, dkwalker@wau.edu

Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler@wau.edu