Walter K. Hurst
I was always a reader. The English Department at Duke helped focus my reading skills, sharpen my ability to communicate, and understand what I was reading in a significant and transformative way. With brilliant professors like John Clum and Reynolds Price, I learned to explore, unafraid, the boundaries of what I understood, and to actually crave that new knowledge as if it was food and life itself. Can you be "taught to learn"? I was taught to desire learning, and that desire has translated into a lifelong love of learning. As I went through llaw school and a career as a lawyer, writing for the law review, I used the skills I learned at Duke to make myself clearly understood. As a lawyer and a lobbyist in California, I used my writing and communication skills to carve out a successful career. And when I decided to "retuen home" to North Carolina, i used those skills to transform a strugglintisticg little theatre into an artistic powerhouse of creativity. Now, bringing back a long-dormant theatre program here at Louisburg College, I use my skills and my love oof learning to try and transform young peoples' lives and make them lovers of learning, too.