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The Sam M. Walton College of Business

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Matthew A. Waller is dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business, professor of Supply Chain Management and the Sam M. Walton Leadership Chair in Business. He began working as dean in 2015 and continues to be a teacher, innovator and advocate for the Walton College faculty, staff and students.

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Why Deans of Business Schools Need to Think like a CEO
September 9, 2021

In buying Transplace, Uber Freight is also betting on Northwest Arkansas
July 23, 2021

Why Business School Students Should Study Humanities
July 8, 2021

7 Innovative Ways Leaders in Higher Education can Engage Businesses
April 29, 2021

The What and How of Leadership: My Leadership Model
April16, 2021

What I Learned from 100 Episodes of the Be EPIC Podcast
January 26, 2021

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Dean's Executive Advisory Board

The Dean's Executive Advisory Board consists of prominent business leaders who are actively supporting the dean in advancing the mission and vision of the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

Executive Advisory Board Members

Dean's Alumni Advisory Council

The Dean's Alumni Advisory Council is comprised of a diverse group of Walton alumni who function as ambassadors and use their experience and insight to develop and support the advancement of the college.

Alumni Advisory Council Members

Arkansas Business Hall of Fame

It is my pleasure to serve on the selection committee for the the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame. It is designed to honor, preserve and perpetuate the names and outstanding accomplishments of business leaders who have brought lasting fame to Arkansas.

Hall of Fame Inductees

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Dean's Message

At the Walton College, we strive to be EPIC in everything we do. We use the phrase Be EPIC in all of our communications. Many of us use the words and our distinctive Arkansas red symbol on our emails. We even paste it on the elevator doors in our buildings.

But what does it mean to “Be EPIC”?

For the Walton College, that means if we truly want to Be EPIC, we have to understand and live our EPIC values.

We’ve had these same values – excellence, professionalism, innovation and collegiality – for three decades now. We periodically revisit them and their definitions to see if they still fit. They do.

Our current definitions for each of those values are:

  • Excellence – We are driven to be the best in everything we do.
  • Professionalism – We operate with integrity, humility, respect and inclusion.
  • Innovation – We imagine possibilities, we create and inspire others.
  • Collegiality – We respect each individual, we value our differences and we welcome all.

I take every opportunity I can to stress and reinforce these values in the Walton College. And in some ways, that is very easy to do because I and Walton’s faculty, staff and students live them every day.


Matthew A. Waller
Dean and Sam M. Walton Leadership Chair
Sam M. Walton College of Business University of Arkansas

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