Dr. Walter Packard has served as a senior level administrator and leader at a variety of institutions throughout the United States. He was President of McHenry County College in Illinois from 2003 through March 2009. Previously, Packard served as Chancellor at Kern Community College District in Bakersfield, California, from 1999 to July 2003. From 1987-1999 Packard held various administrative positions at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, including Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs.
Packard has presented extensively across the country on community college issues and has been published in the area of anthropology. From 2004 to 2007, he served on the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Emergent Trends, Research and Technology, and recently served on the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development. He is a certified Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Instructor and received the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction from Phi Theta Kappa in 2008.
In 2004, Packard traveled to the Ukraine as part of the State Departmentís Specialists Program as a member of a team working with Ukrainian higher education officials interested in the American community college concept.
Packard holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin; a Master of Arts in Anthropology from Wayne State University in Detroit; a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from The University of South Florida in Tampa; and an Associate of Arts degree from Manatee Community College in Bradenton, Florida. In 2001 he was named a distinguished graduate of the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas.