Susan Walton was appointed as the Associate Chair of Student Media in the Department of Communications at BYU in May 2009. She was appointed when Associate Chair Kevin Stoker stepped down to accept a position at Texas Tech University. She is currently the Vice President for University and Public Affairs at the University of North Dakota.
Walton has over 20 years of corporate communication and public relations experience with Fortune 500 companies.
After holding a full-time, tenure-track assistant professorship in English and professional communications at Monroe Community College (an affiliate of the State University of New York), Walton joined the Dow Chemical Company. While at Dow, she held a variety of communications positions, including a two-year assignment in Switzerland as the communications leader for Dow's plastics businesses.
Walton subsequently joined Boise Cascade Corporation as the company's director of corporate communications, where she oversaw the company's rebranding efforts and directed the company-wide communications for Boise's acquisition of OfficeMax. Most recently, she served as director of Corporate Communication at Harley-Davidson Motor Company.
Walton has served on a number of nonprofit boards and was a 2003 recipient of Idaho's tribute to Women in Industry award. Her research interests include employee engagement, financial communications and disclosure issues, and the role of public relations in marketplace defense. In 2012 Walton published an article in The Public Relations Strategist, posted on the Official Blog of PRSA, published a textbook with Joel Campbell, and published articles in several professional/trade journals.
After six years at BYU Walton accepted a position as vice president for University and Public Affairs at the University of North Dakota.
Education and Service at BYU
Walton received a bachelor's degree in independent studies and a master's degree in English from BYU.
In 2007 Walton played a critical role in the opening of an internship program in Chicago. Walton accompanied a group of seven communication students, which included Kate Bugher, Joseph Tateoka, Kristina Krass, and Brandon Crockett. By the end of the internship all of the students were offered full-time positions in Chicago.
Walton is the faculty adviser to the BYU chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. In 2010 BYU PRSSA received the Teahan Award for Outstanding Chapter.
- The Daily Universe - Gender gap affects communication (2 Nov 2009)
- BYU News - Susan B. Walton named associate chair of BYU Communications Department (22 May 2009)
- Tateoka, Joseph. “Chicago Welcomes BYU.” Comms Alumni Magazine. Brigham Young University. 2007: 3.