Distinguished Alumni Award: College of Arts and Sciences

John Walker, BA '71.

Walker has spent his entire career in the health care industry, working with more than three dozen companies. 

John Walker, BA ’71, has spent his entire career in the health care industry. He has been involved in more than three dozen companies, as chair, CEO or interim CEO for 18, and the remainder as a member of the boards of directors. He started his career at American Hospital Supply Corporation and became president of its largest operating unit before heading to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue his interests in starting and growing biotech and medical device companies. He serves as a director of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and is a trustee of the University of Puget Sound. In 2017, he established The Walker Family Experiential Learning Fund in the College of Arts and Sciences.