June 15, 2016, BY Christina Masciere Wallace

C. Alan Walker receives the Taylor Medal from Presideng John Bravman.
C. Alan Walker '66 receives the Stephen W. Taylor Medal from President John Bravman. Photo by Gordon Wenzel

C. Alan Walker, a member of Bucknell University's Class of 1966 and longtime University trustee, was honored with the Stephen W. Taylor Medal during Bucknell's recent Reunion Weekend.

The University's most significant award, the Taylor Medal is given to those who render extraordinary service to Bucknell and who best exemplify the spirit of Taylor, who inspired his fellow University founders to "rise and build." Walker is the 18th recipient of the award, which was established in 1972.  

Bucknell President John Bravman presented the Taylor Medal to Walker, thanking him for his decades of dedication to the University. In accepting the award, Walker spoke of his deep love for the University.  

"My memories of my four years as a student at Bucknell go on and on. For me it was a period of personal growth that helped prepare me for what was to come," Walker said. "For that I'll always be grateful, and instead of saying 'ray, Bucknell, I'll say thanks, Bucknell. I've always been proud of Bucknell, and I hope I've made Bucknell proud of me."  

Alumnus and trustee  

Walker graduated from Bucknell in 1966 with a degree in economics and earned an MBA from Penn State University in 1973. After several years as a products manager for DuPont in Wilmington, Del., he returned to his hometown of Bigler, Pa., to join his family's business, Bradford Coal Co., where he became president in 1975 and CEO in 1988.  

Since 1980, he has continuously served on the Board of Trustees, where he is member of the executive committee. He was previously chair of the complementary activities, educational policy, long-range planning and nominating committees, and was a member of the Greek affairs committee and budget subcommittee. Walker is the father of two Bucknell graduates, Derek Walker '97 and Courtney Walker Spencer '00. He is also a volunteer leader for WE DO, The Campaign for Bucknell University.    

In 1984 Walker, along with his wife, Judy, and his parents, Ray and Louise Walker, established the endowed Walker Family Scholarship, which has so far provided scholarships to 160 academically talented students with financial need from Clearfield County, Pa. In 1996, Walker received the Bucknell Alumni Association Award for Service to Humanity.

In addition to his service to Bucknell, Walker has been an active director or chair of a number of business associations. He is currently a member of the executive committee of the Pennsylvania Coal Association and a member of the boards of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority.  

Walker has held volunteer and leadership roles with many civic organizations, including Bigler Cub Scout and Boy Scout Troops, the Bucktail Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Clearfield Foundation for Health, Clearfield Hospital and Clearfield YMCA. In 2011 Governor Tom Corbett appointed him to serve as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development. 

For his extraordinary work and service, Walker has received many awards, and distinctions, including the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America; Executive of the Year from the Clear-Penn Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals; Distinguished Citizen Award from the Clearfield Chamber of Commerce; Legion of Honor Investiture from the International Supreme Council Order of DeMolay in Pennsylvania; Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to the Moshannon Valley Area from the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership; Bradford Township Outstanding Citizen of the Year; and Clearfield Area High School Distinguished Alumni Award.