Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC, recently named Valida Foster Walker as senior director of institutional advancement and public relations. With more than 13 years of experience creating and supporting solutions for leading nonprofit, corporate, media and educational organizations, Foster Walker is highly skilled in multi-level project management, marketing communications, major gifts development, public relations, coaching and delivering high-impact presentations.
Sherman College is one of just 18 chiropractic colleges in the United States and the only one in the Carolinas. The college is has recently undertaken ambitious expansion efforts to double its capacity for educating doctors of chiropractic to meet the healthcare needs of our community, our country and the world – and is therefore increasing its staffing accordingly.
“We are excited to have Valida join our division and the Sherman College family,” said Dr. Ohmar T. Land, Sherman College’s assistant vice president for institutional advancement and public relations. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and important relationships with her from the greater Spartanburg and Upstate community. Her talent and leadership will support the growth of the college and its mission.”
A native of Lyman, SC, Foster Walker is a graduate of James F. Byrnes High School and Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Science in integrated marketing communication and a minor in business administration. She previously served as a relationship manager for leadership giving at the United Way of Greenville County and as campaign director at the United Way of the Piedmont, serving Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties.
She has been involved with many social and civic organizations, including the City of Spartanburg’s Mayor Disability Board, the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce’s Diversity Committee, Uptown Sertoma of Spartanburg, the Board of Directors of Spartanburg Habitat for Humanity, the UNCF Upstate Board and the Greenville Drive’s Diversity Committee.
Foster Walker continues her service with the United Way of the Piedmont’s Young Leaders, Women Giving for Spartanburg, the MLK Dreams in Action Scholarship Board, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Upstate Chapter, the Greenville Chamber’s PULSE Young Professionals, the Urban League Upstate Network and the Spartanburg Chamber’s Young Professionals.
She participated in the Spartanburg Chamber’s Leadership Spartanburg program in 2013 and is a 2013 graduate of the Dale Carnegie Leadership Development Success course; she is a 2017 graduate of the Clemson Leadership Lab and a 2018 graduate of the Spartanburg County Foundation’s Grassroots Leadership Development Institute. She is also a member of the Epsilon Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Sorority, Incorporated.
Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as doctors of chiropractic who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by graduates. For more information, visit www.sherman.edu or call 800-849-8771.