For his outstanding contributions as a Business teacher, George is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Martha Walters.
George was born and raised in Abilene, Kansas and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Fort Hays State University, a Master of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado in Business Education, and a Doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado in Business Education. He taught five years at the high school level and 32 years at the university level.
George gave three decades of service to the School of Business at Emporia State University as a professor of business, Chair of the Division of Business, and Associate Dean of the School of Business. He served as a mentor to students, advisor to graduate business education majors, and as a sponsor for 30 years of Pi Omega Pi, National Business Teacher Education Honor Society, about 20 years as a sponsor of Delta Pi Epsilon, and National Graduate Honor Society in Business Education. Students remember George for his dedication, quiet demeanor, high standards, organizational skills, and eye for details. George also helped establish such innovative programs as the annual Business Teacher Conference and the four-year degree program with Johnson County Community College. He was instrumental in the planning and preparation of the pre-candidacy report for the School of Business accreditation by the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business.
George received many awards, honors, and recognitions including:
National President, Pi Omega Pi, National Business Teacher Honor Society
National President, National Association for Business Teacher Education
University Service Citation for the ESU Alumni Association
Distinguished Service Award, National Association for Business Teacher Education
Two School of Business Outstanding Service Awards
Xi Phi Outstanding Emporia State University Faculty Award
Outstanding Leadership Award, Lions Club International
Mountain-Plains Business Education Association Certificate of Achievement
National Business Education Association Executive Board
Melvin Jones Fellow, Lions Club International
In addition to teaching and administrative duties, he directed or served on a committee for 138 masters’ students for their research projects. He served on the Faculty Senate, numerous School of Business and university committees, and many local, state, and national boards and committees. In the community, he was active in the Emporia Lions Club, Emporia Area Retired Teachers Association, Emporia Camera Club, Outlook Study Club, Boy Scouts, United Way, National Teachers Hall of Fame screening committee, Emporia Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc., and the First United Methodist Church.
Because of his long time dedication to students, he was recognized at retirement with a $10,500 endowed scholarship fund in his name by over 200 colleagues, alumni, friends, and other donors. An additional recognition included the establishment of the George K. Walters room in Cremer Hall. George felt it a pleasure to work with the excellent faculty and staff at Emporia State University and the high quality students who had strong work ethics and solid values. George felt privileged to have been able to teach.