New Members Named to Board of Trustees


October 22, 2009

Sr. C. Sheridan Smith, RSCJ, and two St. Louis business and community leaders, Earl Walker and Norman Eaker, have recently been elected to the Maryville University Board of Trustees. Walker is the founder and owner of Carr Lane Manufacturing and a number of subsidiaries. Eaker is principal and general partner at Edward Jones Company. Sr. Smith, a retired teacher and former investment adviser, is a member of the St. Michel community in Bethesda, Md.

“We are pleased to have such well-respected and outstanding individuals join our Board. We look forward to their leadership as Maryville continues to excel as an outstanding Midwest university,” said Mark Lombardi, PhD, president of Maryville University.

Earl Walker
Carr Lane Manufacturing, founded in 1952 by Walker and his wife, Myrtle, is a top international supplier of tooling components, including clamps, pins, chuck jaws, fixturing devices and component parts for the metalworking field. Over the years, several subsidiaries have been established, including Carr Lane Drill Bushing Co. and Carr Lane Roemheld Manufacturing Co.

A longtime Kirkwood resident, Walker was presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during Maryville’s May 2009 commencement ceremonies. He was recognized for his tireless philanthropic efforts on behalf many local organizations and charities, including the sponsorship of major facility improvements and higher education scholarships.

Walker is a 33rd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite and co-founder and chairman of the Walker Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders. He is also an honorary Lifetime Board Member of the Kirkwood YMCA and a 50-year Life Member of the Kirkwood Masonic Lodge. Walker serves on numerous boards of directors, including Commerce Bancshares, Inc., Mrazek Moving and Storage Company, Ranken Technical College and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers International Board. He and his wife have four children.

Norm Eaker
As chief administrative officer of Edward Jones, Eaker is responsible for Human Resources, Operations, Service and Information Systems.  He is a member of the firm’s Executive and Management Committees.  Eaker has been with Edward Jones since 1981 and became a general partner in 1984.

Eaker started his Edward Jones career as the director of Internal Audit and continued in that capacity for four years.  In 1984, he assumed responsibility for the firm’s mortgage operations.  In 1987, he moved to Operations where he was responsible for various departments over the next 10 years.  He assumed responsibility for the Operations Division in 1998 and in 2006 also became responsible for the Service Division.  In January 2008, Eaker’s responsibilities were expanded to include Information Systems and Human Resources.

Eaker is also a trustee of The Edward D. Jones & Company Foundation, which supports arts, education, management/technical assistance, federated giving programs, health care, human services, museums and public affairs. He also serves on the board of The Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.

Eaker graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. His current industry involvement includes the SIFMA Operations Committee Chairman and DTCC’s Board of Directors.  He is a past board member of the Chicago Stock Exchange.

Eaker, a resident of St. Charles, is married and has three children.

Sr. C. Sheridan Smith (Sherry)
Sr. Smith worked as a stock broker/investment advisor for 10 years at Clark Dodge, Inc. (taken over by Kidder Peabody, Inc.) before she entered the Society of the Sacred Heart. Sr. Smith is a member of the St. Michel community in Bethesda, Md.

She has served as a teacher of psychology and theology at Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami, Fla., and dean of students at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, La.  During her 15 years of working at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Sr. Smith served as a teacher and as director of campus ministry; she also developed the School’s social action leadership program.

Founded in 1872, Maryville University is a four-year, private university located in west St. Louis County. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges in the Masters-Midwest category, Maryville University students may choose from 50 academic programs, including degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Among recent graduates, 82 percent are employed or attending graduate school. More than 16,000 Maryville alumni work and live in the St. Louis region.


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