Butler professor selects Business Student Leader Award recipient

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Published: Monday, September 21st, 2020

Butler DECA Co-President, Beth Walker, receives annual leadership award

EL DORADO, Kan. – Beth Walker, Co-President for Butler Community College’s Collegiate DECA, was nominated by Jared McGinley, Butler marketing department chair, to receive the Accreditation Council for Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Business Student Leader Award.

The ACBSP, which is the accrediting body for the business programs at Butler Community College, has a program that recognizes excellence in business student leadership – the ACBSP Business Student Leadership Award.

Faculty within the Business Programs at Butler may nominate students they feel exemplify business leadership.

The Butler ACBSP Committee reviews the applications and selects the recipient. Those honored have their name placed on a permanent plaque that displays on campus. Honorees also receive their own personal plaque as a keepsake.

Walker is very involved at Butler. She has served for two years as Co-President for Collegiate DECA, one of Butler’s business fraternities, and has also been on a Butler Fine Arts Band Scholarship, for which she played in the Pep Band. Her involvement in school activities has led her to attending numerous conferences and seminars to improve business skills and leadership, taking field trips to businesses around the country, and competing in business case competitions. She and partner Mara Stewart took First Place at the Kansas State Collegiate DECA Conference.

As Co-President of Collegiate DECA she has helped to lead meetings, host fundraisers, host conferences for other Kansas colleges and universities, and work with local non-profits. As a student, Walker helped to create a personalized business plan for a local non-profit organization. All of this while maintaining a busy work schedule.

Walker, who is a native of Arkansas City, plans on transferring to Wichita State University in the fall to study marketing and international business.