Ralph Collins Walter


Bicentennial Medal (2019)
Presidents Circle Laurel Pin (2018)


Ralph Collins Walter III has had a passion for lifelong learning, one of the values that has kept him so connected to Indiana University. He received his bachelor's in mathematics from Knox College in 1969 and completed his masters in economics from IU in 1972. He received his doctoral degree from St. Alcuin House Seminary and most recently completed a Masters of Studies in Literature and Arts with distinction at the University of Oxford and was subsequently appointed as a research associate at the Research Centre in Victorian Political Culture at Keble College in Oxford.

Walter has had an extensive and successful career in the financial sector. Among them, he has served as the CAO at The Chicago Corporation and its successor ABN AMRO Inc., as well as COO and Treasurer for Kayne Anderson Rudnick, where he retired in 2015. Ralph has previously served as a trustee at Knox College and a board member for Exceptional Children's Foundation and continues to serve on numerous non-profit boards, including CASA of Los Angeles, Zocolo Public Square, the California State Historical Society, and the IU College of Arts and Sciences Executive Dean's Advisory Board, where he has served since 2012.

Among other areas, Ralph's generous gifts support endowed faculty positions in two different departments: economics and history. Ralph is also deeply dedicated to expanding undergraduate opportunities at IU and enriching students' professionalism, and his gifts will also support internships and other career-oriented offerings in the College of Arts and Sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences recognized Ralph's dedication to the school by renaming their career services center the Walter Center for Career Achievement.

Through both his generosity and the living example of his dedication to lifelong learning, Ralph was recognized by IU Foundation and presented the Presidents Circle Laurel Pin.