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Aaron A. Walton

Aaron A. Walton, a demonstrated results-driven leader with 40 years of experience in corporate level management, is Cheyney University of Pennsylvania’s new Interim President, selected by the Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The retired Senior Vice President of Highmark, Inc., a leading healthcare provider, was one of nine principle officers responsible for providing overall management and direction of all corporate activities.

During his tenure at Highmark, Walton established and implemented a number of strategic healthcare initiatives that yielded community and company-wide growth and advancement, including an award winning program that was one of the first programs in America to address childhood obesity and bullying.

While Vice-President at Highmark and following retirement, He served as Vice Chair of the PA State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors, where he was also Chair of Academic and Student Affairs, and Chair of Human Resources. Walton was also a longtime member of California University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees, and chair from 1999 to 2003.

Most recently, Walton was co-chair of the Board of Governors appointed Cheyney Task Force, which constructed and approved, a “conceptual framework” for a new business model for Cheyney, which includes the creation of an “Institute for the Contemporary African-American Experience” within the university.

Walton brings to Cheyney his expertise in strategic planning and intends to address the university’s challenges head-on, while leading the efforts to develop a final version of the Task Force model.

Walton has held both leadership and advisory roles on more than 35 community boards. Some of his affiliations include the August Wilson Center for African American Cultural Center (Chair), Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Polemarch (President), Pittsburgh Alumni Chapter, Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund (Founding Board Member), NEED (Negro Emergency Educational Drive) (Chair), and The 100 Black Men of Western PA.

Walton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from California University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Management (MPM) from the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He and his wife, Dr. Gloria M. Walton, reside in Lakewood Ranch, FL.