5/13/2008 - 'Outstanding Alumna' named at Judson
By Michael J. Brooks
Judson College awarded Dr. Bobbie Causey Walden of Gadsden the "2008 Outstanding Alumna Award" on April 5.
Walden grew up in Tuscaloosa and graduated from Judson in 1956. She earned her master's and doctorate from Auburn University. She retired from the Alabama State Department of Education after service as Director of Community Education.
Walden was inducted into the "International Adult Continuing Education Hall of Fame" in 1996 and was "National Woman of the Year in Adult Education" in 1975.
Walden began service on Oct. 1, 2003 as president of Civitan International for the 2003-2004 fiscal year after service as president-elect for 2002-2003. She is only the fourth woman to serve as president of the international organization, and the first Alabama woman to do so.
Walden has been honored with a number of Civitan awards including the Club Honor Key, the District Honor Key and the Civitan International Honor Key which is the highest award Civitan can bestow. She is a Fellow of the Civitan International Foundation.
The Bobbie Causey Walden Scholarship was established in 1999 to benefit Judson students who demonstrate financial need and academic promise and as a way to express her gratitude to two institutions influential in her life: Calvary Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa and Judson College.
One of her colleagues notes that "[her] success . . . was due to Bobbie's leadership and her ability to motivate, energize and build ownership. She is a leader who leads by example."
Judson bestowed Walden an honorary doctorate in June, 2005 in appreciation of her many years of service to the city of Gadsden, the state of Alabama, Civitan International and Judson College.
Walden is married to Dr. Bob Walden. They are parents of two children and have two grandchildren.