President Raynard Kington is pleased to announce that Kate Walker will be the next vice president of finance and treasurer of Grinnell College. Walker is currently the assistant vice president of finance for Macalester College, and she will begin work at Grinnell on October 21, 2013.
Walker will succeed Grinnell Vice President and Treasurer Karen Voss, who has for some time been planning her retirement. Voss will assist with the orientation and transition process.
“Kate will bring to the position optimism, vision, integrity, strong analytic skills, and significant financial experience in higher education,” says President Kington. “We are very grateful to Karen Voss for more than 25 years of service to the College and for building such a strong and dedicated department.” Grinnell routinely earns high marks in the national higher education community for its sound financial management practices.
Walker comes to Grinnell with a proven record of achievement and leadership in the higher education and private foundation sectors. She has more than 25 years of business administration experience including accounting and finance, budgeting/forecasting, human resources, information technology, facility management, investments, and general business operations.
“This position is an exciting and fitting next step in my professional career,” Walker says. “It's not often that one gets the chance to advance to a higher level of leadership with an institution of the caliber of Grinnell. My six years as Macalester College's assistant vice president for Finance have been among the most satisfying in my career, and they prepared me well for the challenges and opportunities ahead at Grinnell. I'm honored to become part of Grinnell's leadership team as we work together to prepare the next generation of world leaders."
Walker holds a B.A. degree from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, where she currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the executive MBA program. She has been involved in many community activities in the Twin Cities, including the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Valley Chamber Chorale, and the Minnesota Twins Community Fund.