Vice Provost, Special Projects
University of Texas at Austin
After thirteen years leading the Office of Admissions at The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Bruce Walker was named Vice Provost for Special Projects on July 15, 2009. Before this transition to retirement Dr. Walker served as Vice Provost and Director of Admissions at the university. Before joining the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Walker served as Associate Provost for Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Delaware for eleven years. From 1977 to 1985 he served as Director for Admissions and Guidance Services in the Southwest Regional Office of the College Board, following four years as Associate Director of Admissions at the University of North Texas.
Bruce has held several national positions in his profession. Most notable of these have been with The College Board, where he currently serves as Chair of the Task Force Implementation Committee, a group charged with implementing the recommendations of the Task Force on Admissions in the 21st Century. Bruce served as a member of both the Task Force on Admissions in the 21st Century and the Commission on Access, Admission, and Success in Higher Education. He has served as a College Board Trustee and as Chair of the Guidance and Admission Council and of the TOEFL Policy Council. He served as chair of the Middle States Regional Council where he was awarded the highest honor bestowed on a Regional Council member, the Bernard P. Ireland Recognition for improving humanity through education.
He has served as a consultant to the Department of Defense Schools, the Ford Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, the Ministry of Education for France, Al Akahawayn University in Morocco, and to various colleges and universities in the U.S. Most recently his consulting has focused on helping universities deal with the recruitment of a diverse student.
Bruce has served as a faculty member for numerous institutes on College Admissions held at Harvard, University of North Carolina, and Central Florida University. Over the past 10 years he has made numerous presentations and published articles on the results of the top 10% law in Texas. Along with a colleague he maintains a research website on the academic progress of top 10% students at the University of Texas at Austin. The site can be accessed here.
Bruce holds an Ed.D. from the University of North Texas, an M.Ed. from Texas Christian University and an undergraduate degree from Southwestern College in Waxahachie, Texas.