Distinguished Visiting Professor of Political Science
Specializations: Southern Politics, Law, American Government, Governance
Education: B.S., J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Walter Dalton began teaching Political Science at Gardner-Webb University in 2013. In 2008 Dalton was elected to be the 33rd Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina. During his tenure as Lt. Governor, he worked closely with small business and others to create a small business assistance fund; he chaired the award winning JOBS Commission (Joining Our Businesses and Schools) to better align educational efforts with 21st century workforce needs; and he chaired the Logistics Task Force, developing a comprehensive statewide plan to move people and goods in the coming decades. He also served as President of the North Carolina Senate.
Prior to becoming Lt. Governor, Dalton served 12 years in the state senate where he chaired the Education Committee and later the Appropriations Committee. While a senator, he was honored by Gardner-Webb University with an Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree. In addition, he received recognition from Gardner-Webb's Godbold School of Business. In 2012 he was the Democratic nominee for Governor.
Walter Dalton and Lucille Dalton, his high school sweetheart, have been married 41 years and are proud parents of two children and one grandchild. He is a graduate of the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at UNC-Chapel Hill and a graduate of the UNC School of Law. He practiced law in Rutherfordton, NC for over thirty years before becoming Lt. Governor.