CLEMSON — The National Panhellenic Conference Foundation has selected Kristin Walker of Clemson University’s Center for Career and Professional Development for the 2017 Women in Higher Education Achievement Award. The award recognizes outstanding women who have made significant differences in higher education through leadership. The foundation is the umbrella group for 26 national and international sororities.

Kristin Walker, associate director of the Center for Career and Professional Development

Kristin Walker
Image Credit: Craig Mahaffey / Clemson University

Walker concluded eight years of service in June 2016 on the Alpha Sigma Tau national council. She was a chapter president of the sorority as an undergraduate at Radford University in Virginia.

“This award is both humbling and gratifying,” said Walker, the Center for Career and Professional Development’s associate director for analytics and initiatives. “Alpha Sigma Tau is a smaller organization; we don’t even have a chapter here at Clemson. For us to gain national recognition for the work we’re doing is great.”

Walker’s national council appointment ended last year, but she is now a member of the organization’s nominations committee, helping process applications for the next group of board members. She is also an adviser for Clemson’s FarmHouse fraternity.

She was nominated for the award by Jamie Jones Miller, also of Alpha Sigma Tau and a current member of the NPC board of directors.

“One of Kristin’s passion areas is helping fraternity and sorority members utilize the skills they are acquiring as a result of membership and leadership in their respective organizations,” Miller said. “She takes every opportunity to enhance her learning and experiences while giving back to the higher education community.”

In her role at Clemson, Walker is an integral part of a department whose career services were recently ranked No. 1 by The Princeton Review. She earned both a master’s degree (counselor education) and doctorate (educational leadership) from Clemson, and was a leader in CCPD’s model of core competencies — the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for success in achieving educational and professional goals.

“To see Kristin’s achievements recognized by a national organization simply confirms what we have known for years,” said Troy Nunamaker, CCPD’s chief solutions officer. “She is an action-oriented individual with a superb mastery of professionalism and has become an integral part of our office’s operations.”

“Kristin is both brilliant and driven — she comes up with terrific ideas and then works tirelessly to bring them to life,” added Neil Burton, CCPD executive director. “We’re no longer surprised when her efforts are acclaimed — the only mystery is which organization will be the next to recognize her contributions.”