Dean Walker Honored by National Council of Negro Women

News Story: October 18, 2012
 Dean Walker with her award.

Patricia Walker, dean of Sacred Heart University’s College of Health Professions, was honored recently by the Greater Bridgeport section of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). She received the organization’s Distinguished Educator Award at the 10th Annual Bethune Recognition Luncheon on Saturday, September 29.

Walker was honored for her work as founding dean of Sacred Heart’s College of Education and Health Professions and her continued work as dean of the College of Health Professions. The college has seen significant growth under Walker’s leadership, and its faculty, staff and students contribute to the university’s mission through their commitment to service to the Bridgeport area and beyond.

Walker served in previous leadership positions in allied health education at the University of Louisville and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a fellow of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) and served on its Board of Directors from 1999 to 2001. Honors she has received from ASAHP include the Kellogg Fellow (1992-83) and the Cultural Pluralism Award (2001). She also received Sacred Heart’s Outstanding Service Award in 2005.

Walker’s area of teaching is in health policy, and she co-authored a book chapter on health policy issues in Connecticut. She serves on numerous boards and committees, including the board of directors for the Cooperative Educational Services (CES) Foundation, and takes special pride in her service on the state-wide Post-Secondary Education committee, which works in collaboration with Connecticut colleges and universities and the state Department of Children and Families to assist foster care youth to attend and succeed in college.

“I was very pleased to receive this honor. Educators work very hard, and sometimes there seems to be little appreciation. It’s nice to have an organization like NCNW that believes educators and education are important,” Walker said.

“The Sacred Heart community congratulates Dean Walker on this well-deserved recognition. It is nice to have her hard work and innovation recognized beyond the gates of our campus,” said Sacred Heart University President John J. Petillo.