Walter Earl Fluker

Dean's Professor of Spirituality, Ethics, and Leadership, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

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Walter Earl Fluker serves as Dean’s Professor of Spirituality, Ethics and Leadership at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University (GA). He also holds the positions of Distinguished Professor of the Howard Thurman Center at the Hartford International University for Religion and Peace (CT), and Professor Emeritus of Ethical Leadership (formerly the Martin Luther King, Jr. Chair) at Boston University (MA). He was the founding executive director of the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership Center and formerly served as the Coca Cola Professor of Leadership Studies at Morehouse College (GA). He is the founder of Walter Earl Fluker & Associates and is a featured consultant, speaker, lecturer, and workshop leader, both nationally and globally. He was recently chosen as the 2023 Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom of Worship Award Laureate.

Fluker has written Ethical Leadership: The Quest for Character, Civility and Community (2009) and The Ground Has Shifted: The Future of the Black Church in Post-Racial America (2016); he also edited The Unfinished Search for Common Ground (2023). He served as the editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project, which produced the multi-volume Papers of Howard Washington Thurman (2009-2016). He holds a BA from Trinity College, now Trinity International University (IL), an MDiv from Garrett-Evangelical Seminary (IL), and a PhD in social ethics from Boston University (MA), as well as a Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa from Lees-McRae College (NC).