Dr. Lloyd T. Walker is the newly appointed Dean and Research Director of the College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Walker served as Interim Associate Provost of Academic Affairs and Dean of University College. In his role as Interim Associate Provost, he supervised academic activities relating to undergraduate students. He was later assigned the responsibility of overseeing the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Sponsored Programs. Dr. Walker, a tenured Professor, is a food scientist by training who also served as department chair for the Department of Food and Animal Sciences from 1999-2008. He is credited with the growth of the Department of Food and Animal Science to its current prominence, both at the college level, regionally and nationally. Nationally, this program is recognized as the top tier program among universities with similar Institute of Food Technology’s (IFT) accreditation, and the only HBCU with such recognition. The department is also recognized as one of the top producers of African American PhD’s in the discipline and for transitioning undergraduate students to graduate students in the area of Food Science.
Dr. Walker joined AAMU in 1992 as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate after completing his PhD at Texas A&M University, in College Station Texas, where he majored in Food Science and Technology. Prior to his doctoral degree, Dr. Walker received his BS and MS degrees in Animal Science from Prairie View A&M University which is also located in Texas.
Dr. Walker’s scholarly achievements can be considered excellent. In his 20 plus years at Alabama A&M University, he has mentored an advised numerous graduate and undergraduate students. His publication record shows upwards of 150 publications, more than 50 peer reviewed articles and five book chapters. He has also been and continues to be active in grantsmanship. He is associated with grants of over ten million dollars to AAMU and other collaborating universities.
Dr. Walker has also been involved in a number of service activities. As a professional member of the IFT, he has twice chaired the Southeastern Section (SES) of this professional organization. He is credited with the revitalization of this IFT Section during his second term at the helm. The Section is now one of the largest and most financially stable in the United States. He also serves on two local boards.
Dr. Walker is considered by many in his professional circles as a visionary and a knowledgeable individual in his discipline. As a leader, he is recognized for building programs and has received numerous awards commemorating both his academic prowess and his service accomplishments. Dr. Walker has had numerous national committee appointments and invitations to speak and make presentations outside of the University.