CULLOWHEE – Hickory resident Phillip D. Walker, senior vice president for BB&T's western division, has been re-elected chairman of the board of trustees at Western Carolina University.

A 1971 graduate of Western, Walker was re-elected to the post during the board's first meeting of the 2004-05 academic year on Friday, Sept. 3.

“I appreciate the confidence my fellow trustees have shown me by allowing me to serve as chair for a second term,” Walker said. “With the dramatic growth of the university, with a larger and better qualified student body than at any time in Western's history, and with all of the new construction that is transforming the face of campus, I welcome the opportunity to be of continued service to my alma mater.”

Raleigh entrepreneur and former U.S. Ambassador Jeanette Hyde was re-elected vice chairman of the board, and retired Mars Hill entrepreneur Genevieve Whitmire Burda was named to a second year as secretary.

Walker is a former president of the Western Carolina Alumni Association. During his years as a student, he was president of the Student Senate, vice president of the Student Government Association, and senator and president of the freshman class.

A 30-year veteran of corporate and retail banking, Walker has served on numerous committees and boards for organizations in the Hickory area, including the Hickory Regional Planning Commission, Family and Community Development Center, Catawba County United Way, Catawba County YMCA, Catawba Valley Hosiery Association and Catawba County Chamber of Commerce.

His wife, residential contractor Joan Knipe Walker, formerly of Waynesville, also is a Western graduate. They have two children – Jonathan, a WCU graduate, and Melanie, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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