Dr Ralph Walter appointed as Bynum Tudor Fellow

9 October 2018

Dr Ralph Walter has been elected as the Bynum Tudor Fellow of Kellogg College for the 2018-19 academic year.

The Bynum Tudor Fellowship is named after the late Bynum Tudor, a great friend of the College. It aims to establish new approaches to sharing, integrating and developing professional and academic knowledge. The Fellows are dynamic and innovative thinkers from the worlds of politics, education, business, and the professions, who as members of the College are able to influence the extent and quality of Oxford’s involvement in the world of professional learning. The first Fellow was appointed in 2004. Previous holders include Nobel Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu; UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; film producer Lord David Puttnam; Chairman of L’Oréal UK and Ireland, Lady Sylvia Jay; Chairman of Motorola, Sir David Brown; Dr Marcy McCall MacBain, Director of the McCall MacBain Foundation; and, most recently, Lord Bilimoria CBE.

This year’s appointment honours Dr Walter’s passion and championing of lifelong learning, which resonates with the core values and founding principles of Kellogg College.

Ralph graduated from Knox College in mathematics, and Indiana Graduate School in economics.  Ralph became partner & vice president at AG Becker, a national brokerage firm.  When the firm was sold, he taught theoretical finance and business strategy for four year at Northeastern Illinois University.

Ralph returned to the business world at The Chicago Corporation, a brokerage firm, rising to chief administrative officer, before moving to Kayne Anderson Investment Management as chief operating officer & treasurer. Ralph also obtained a doctorate in Anglican Studies from St Alcuin seminary.

Ralph was trustee of Knox for twenty years, on the executive dean’s advisory board at Indiana, and the board of the Northeastern Illinois Foundation for ten years, the last two as president.  Ralph merged the Kayne-ERAS Centre, a school serving developmentally challenged children, with the Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF), to serve the developmentally challenged through life.  Ralph is treasurer of the California Historical Society, where he hosted Kellogg’s 2018 alumni reunion.

Ralph graduated from Kellogg with a Master of Studies in Literature and Arts, with distinction.  His dissertation was on the 19th century Reform Acts; he delivered a 2017 Kellogg Seminar on ‘By-elections during the Great War’.

As the holder of the Fellowship, Dr Ralph Walter will give the Bynum Tudor Annual Lecture, on 14th November 2018. Find out more.