Dr. Mary Beth Walker

Dr. Mary Beth Walker was the associate provost for Strategic Initiatives and Innovations at Georgia State University. Under the university’s ambitious strategic plan, Walker helped to create exciting new initiatives for the university, such as a pipeline program that helps talented diverse undergraduates prepare for graduate and professional school. She also assisted with the expansion of Georgia State’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute, part of the university’s efforts to encourage student entrepreneurship across student majors.

She previously served as dean of the Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. A professor of economics, Walker’s scholarship includes applied econometrics and statistics, spanning education economics, public finance and health economics. Her recent research focuses on the evaluation of education policy. She holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in economics from Rice University in Houston, and a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.