CLEMSON — Dr. Kristin Walker, most recently associate director of analytics and initiatives for Clemson’s Center for Career and Professional Development, is joining the Student Affairs Business Operations (SABO) team as its director of assessment. Walker’s official start date in the new position is Monday, Aug. 13.

Dr. Kristin Walker pictured with Vice President for Student Affairs Almeda Jacks

Dr. Kristin Walker (left) with Vice President Almeda Jacks at the 2017 Student Affairs awards breakfast.
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“I’m excited for Kristin to join our team and lead our assessment activities as a division,” said Lisa Bona, chief business officer for Student Affairs. “Her work will be instrumental in supporting data-informed decisions that aid us in achieving our strategic goals and aligning our resources to the highest priorities.”

Walker joins SABO on the heels of a highly decorated 2017–18 academic year. She received the Women in Higher Education Achievement Award from the National Panhellenic Conference in September 2017 and two months later elected to the board for the Southern Association of College Student Affairs (SACSA). In December, she was named one of the employees of the year in the Division of Student Affairs.

In February 2018, Walker received an Award for Excellence from the Clemson University Board of Trustees. Finally, in April, she was the recipient of the Spelman Johnson Rising Star Award from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

“When I moved to Clemson eight years ago, I couldn’t have imagined the personal, educational and professional home I would find,” Walker said. “The CCPD team is a student-focused and family-oriented environment meets innovation and excellence. I will be forever grateful for every person there, especially Troy Nunamaker and Neil Burton.

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

Walker was instrumental in developing the core competency initiative for the Center for Career and Professional Development.
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“While I’m sad to leave my first professional home at Clemson, I’m excited about the challenge and opportunity to serve Clemson and the Division of Student Affairs in a new way with Lisa Bona and her team.”

Walker played a leading role in the nation’s No. 1 career services program in 2016 and 2018, according to The Princeton Review. Clemson was rated No. 2 by the publication in last week’s 2019 national rankings. In her role, she oversaw data collection, management, analysis and reporting to drive the center’s strategic planning. She championed the center and university’s core competency initiative and developed curriculum for the Competency Symposium hosted by Clemson in May 2017.

Walker earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Radford University in 2003, as well as a master’s in counselor education (2012) and doctorate in educational leadership (2015) from Clemson. She was a high school teacher before enrolling in graduate school.