Colonel Dr. Walter Albert Hairston (U.S. Army Retired)

Colonel Walter Albert Hairston

Title: School System Administrator

Location: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Colonel Dr. Walter Albert Hairston, Retired U.S. Army Colonel and School System Administrator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in military service and education.

Dr. Hairston overcame various obstacles while growing up during a racially segregated and impoverished time, defeating the odds by working hard and serving his country. He served in the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1988 and for many years was a colonel. Throughout his career, he became a commandant of the 2071st U.S. Army School and was a member of the functional area assessment team for the Transportation Corps.

From 1979 to 1981, Dr. Hairston was the chief evaluator and director of the Command General Staff College. In 1986, he joined the Baltimore City Department of Education, where he started as a teacher and worked his way up to a principal. With his many years of military knowledge, he became the Vice Chairman of the Sheroe Homeless Veterans at TuTTie’s Place and Progressive Horizon, as well as the Commander of the American Legion in Jacksonville.

Dr. Hairston earned a Bachelor of Science at Morgan State University in 1959. He also obtained a Master of Education from Loyola College and a Doctor of Education from Morgan State University. Additionally, Dr. Hairston is a graduate from National Defense University and the Command and General Staff College.

Throughout his career, Dr. Hairston has received many awards, including the Combat Infantry Badge for his service in Korea with the U.S. Army. He was inducted into the National Thespian Honor Society in 1945 and was granted an Athletic Scholarship from the North Carolina College at Durham (now North Carolina Central University). He was an honored graduate of Morgan State University and had been recognized by his current employer, the United States Postal Service, with an Honorary Recognition Certificate and a Superior Recognition Certificate. In 2009, he was inducted to the Atkins High School Hall of Fame.

In addition to his military career, Dr. Hairston wrote a novel which chronicles his life story. Titled “No Excuses: The Story of How One Man Succeeded Despite the Obstacles He Faced,” Mr. Hairston writes about his experience growing up during the Depression, homelessness, and his journey to make a better life.

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