- :September 30, 2018
Wally Campbell grew up on a subsistence farm in rural Leslie County. He graduated from Berea College in 1966 with a major in elementary education. He earned a master’s degree at Eastern Kentucky University in 1969 and his PhD in the Sociological Foundations of Education at the University of Toledo in 1972. Early in his career, he was a public school teacher/principal and director of TRIO programs.
Wally held the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean for thirty-one years. During his twenty years as the Dean at Alice Lloyd, he played a major role in the institution’s successful transition from a two-year to a four-year college. He provided leadership for the development of baccalaureate programs; recruitment and retention of faculty; addition of a new library, classrooms and laboratory facilities; and expansion of scholarships for graduate/professional school. As Dean at Pikeville College for eleven years, Wally was instrumental in accreditation studies including approval for the merger of the College and the School of Osteopathic Medicine. He also led the development of new majors, academic honor societies, study abroad programs, faculty development, institutional effectiveness planning and the Booth Scholars Program.
Wally attended the Harvard Institute for Educational Management (IEM) and chaired the Deans Task Force of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC); he was active in the Appalachian College Association, Association of Kentucky Independent Colleges and Universities, Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and Leadership Kentucky. He is a trustee of the Frontier Nursing Service, a member of the Executive Council of the Berea College Alumni Association and an officer in the Berea Kiwanis Club.
In 2006, Wally received the CIC Chief Academic Officer Award; he was recently named Dean Emeritus and awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Pikeville College. He received the Berea College Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2011.
Wally is retired and lives in Berea with his wife, Jane Shivel Campbell; they have one son, Brian.