Admissions Director Bruce Walker Accepts New Position as Vice Provost for Special Projects at The University of Texas at Austin

July 9, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — Dr. Bruce Walker, vice provost and director of admissions at The University of Texas at Austin, will leave that position July 15 to become the university's vice provost for special projects, focusing on a range of assignments while concluding a national leadership role developing training materials for admissions officers through his work with the College Board.

Provost Steven Leslie said Walker, considered one of the leading admissions directors in the country, has played a key role in helping the university become a more diverse campus and has instituted a holistic review process that brings the full range of student characteristics into the admission process. Walker believes this is a good point to allow a new admissions director the opportunity to implement the newly passed Top 10 Percent rules, he said.

"Bruce is a real professional who has organized an admissions process viewed nationally as outstanding," Leslie said. "I look forward to working with him now in his new role as vice provost for special projects."

Leslie said Dr. Kedra Ishop, associate director of admissions, will be interim vice provost and director of admissions while a search is conducted to fill the admissions director position.

"Kedra is well prepared to take the lead in our Admissions Office," he said. "She has had numerous leadership responsibilities relating to admissions in Texas and nationally, and I look forward to working with her as she assumes her important new responsibilities."

Walker, 69, who has been the university's director of admissions since 1996, said during the past couple of years he had considered stepping down as director of admissions but there was always a major project or a new initiative that had kept him from taking that step.

With the Texas Legislature's recent change of the Top 10 Percent Law allowing the university greater flexibility in the admissions process it seems like a good time to step aside, Walker said.

"It is a good time to do it because we have a great staff," Walker said. "This is a fantastic staff with a great capacity for work and change."

He expressed confidence in Ishop's ability to inspire and move the admissions staff forward.

"I love the university and working in the Provost's Office," Walker said. "It's time for me to move on to something new and I want to continue to serve the university in other ways if there's something I can contribute. After having worked in the Provost's Office the past 13 years, I've found there's more than enough work to do in advancing the academic mission of the university and rarely are there enough human resources to get everything done. I can be that 'designated hitter' within the Provost's Office who can give full attention to short-term projects that need a focused effort to bring about resolution."

For more information, contact: Robert D. Meckel, Office of the President, 512 475 7847.

8 Comments to "Admissions Director Bruce Walker Accepts New Position as Vice Provost for Special Projects at The University of Texas at Austin"

1.  Sandy said on July 9, 2009

Dr. Walker has done an outstanding job as director of admissions, and his leadership will be missed. We are fortunate to have Dr. Ishop stepping into this role.

2.  Blake Willms said on July 10, 2009

Bruce is the best administrator on campus. I'd pick him over anyone to help further the university's mission. We should all be thanking our lucky stars that he's here and wants to continue working. And the university would be smart to eventually remove the interim part of Kedra's new title.

3.  Charles Graham said on July 12, 2009

We are fortunate to have him at this university, and I know he will excel at his new administrative position. Although, I cannot help but wonder if Bruce decided to step down because he does not agree with the new 10 percent law that is being put in place, and the way it would affect the admissions process he would have still been in charge of?

4.  Ka'rin Thornburg said on July 13, 2009

Upon reflecting on how far the Office of Admissions has come under Dr. Walker's leadership, there are not words to convey how much he will be missed. It is nice to know that he is not going too far away...yet! We are lucky to have him in any role. I cannot think of a better or more qualified person than Dr. Kedra Ishop to continue the work of bringing the brightest students to our great university.

5.  Helen Mayhew said on July 14, 2009

Dr. Walker: I worked under Gary Engelgau at Texas A&M University, and it seemed that there was a real companionship between the Big Two. I know you’ll be missed by the whole academic community in Texas.

6.  Tiffany Tillis said on July 14, 2009

Dr. Walker was an amazing visionary and leader in university admissions work. He will be missed. The university could not have made a better choice than to appoint Kedra Ishop as the interim director of admissions. I, too, agree that Kedra is the best person for the job and that "interim" should be removed from her title. She will serve the university well.

7.  Jeff Levine said on July 21, 2009

Dr. Walker is a role model for all and a class act. Dr. Ishop is awesome as well, and the Longhorn community is lucky to have her leadership.

8.  Tim Brooks said on Oct. 30, 2011

I knew Dr. Walker when he was in admissions at the University of Delaware. I am very pleased that he has such an outstanding career at UT!
Tim Brooks
Retired Dean of Students
University of Delaware