The Growing Valley Baptist church congregation is proud of this year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Connie Walton. Dr. Walton serves as Grambling State University’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost. Dr. Walton grew up in the Growing Valley community and was an active member of the Growing Valley Baptist Church where she served in many capacities. Her parents are the late Floyd Walton and Mary Walton who is still an active member of the Growing Valley Baptist Church.
In December of 2019 after a national search, Grambling State University appointed Dr. Walton as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Walton is committed to the progress of students. She mentors and challenges students to set goals and attain success. Dr. Walton has served in many entities at Grambling State University and among some are her assistance with the University accreditation process through Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and she also served as Director of Sponsored Programs.
Dr. Walton attended school in Minden and graduated from Minden High School. Dr. Walton earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a co-inventor on two U.S. Patents and one German Paten Application. She also has served as principal investigator on grant funded projects received from NASA, NSF, and the U.S. Department of Education. Her research includes the synthesis of biodegradable polymers and the characterization of their properties.
Pastor George Rice and the Growing Valley Church family welcomes Dr. Walton back home and invites the public to attend this historic event to be held this Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 9:15AM. The church is located at 1686 Fuller Road, Minden, LA.