June 23, 2011
From: Laura J. Woodard, Director of Media Relations
ULM presidents pay tribute to President Emeritus Dr. George T. Walker
Update: Memorials may be made to the ULM Foundation referencing the Mary Ellen and George Thomas Walker Scholarship Endowment.
It's not often that the University of Louisiana at Monroe sees three of its former presidents gathering at the same time to discuss with a sitting president the life and legacy of yet another ULM president.
But that's exactly what happened on Wednesday, June 22, as ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno joined former ULM presidents Dr. Dwight D. Vines, Mr. Lawson L. Swearingen Jr. and Dr. James E. Cofer Sr., for an interview with Program Director Jay Curtis of KEDM Public Radio, 90.3 FM, about the recent death of ULM founding pillar, President Emeritus Dr. George T. Walker.
Walker died on June 19 at the age of 98.
Curtis interviewed Bruno and Vines in the KEDM studios, housed on the ULM campus, while Swearingen and Cofer contributed to the conversation via conference call.
The interview with the four presidents will air on The ULM Forum, at 12:06 p.m. Friday, June 24 on KEDM Public Radio, 90.3 FM.
Bruno and each of the former presidents noted Dr. Walker's humor, vision and dedication to the university.
Walker was president of what was then known as Northeast Louisiana State College, and later Northeast Louisiana University, from 1958-1976.
The ULM Forum, produced by KEDM, is broadcast weekly and ULM officials and faculty discuss issues that affect both the university and the surrounding region.
About KEDM Public Radio, 90.3 FM
KEDM is the only locally-originated public radio signal for all or parts of eleven parishes in northeastern Louisiana and four counties in southeastern Arkansas.
KEDM's commitment to providing supporters with quality programming unique to northeastern Louisiana and southeastern Arkansas makes the station an invaluable source for current news, classical music, and jazz.
KEDM airs noted national programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Car Talk, A Prairie Home Companion, Performance Today and Marketplace.