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Chuck Wall grew up in Bakersfield, all his life he was told it was mental problems that inhibited his own learning and progress. He was treated as if he was mentally retarded.
But at 19, his world changed dramatically, when a doctor diagnosed him with retinitis pigmentosa. Wall says, "The doctor said you are going to go blind because of this retinitis pigmentosa and I went home, I was pretty excited. I told my folks, 'Wow, I'm going blind, I'm not mentally retarded.' I started life all over again.''
Dr. Wall then went on to earn a Ph.D. from UCLA in the combined fields of Management and Educational Administration. In addition, he holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from San Francisco State University in the areas of management, marketing and group dynamics.
Dr. Wall taught in the Business Department of Bakersfield College until 2006. Dr. Wall has been Professor of the Year for the State of California Community College system.
He has received international acclaim for his creation of the “random act of kindness” movement which has resulted in some 350 television and radio appearances including the Oprah Show, CNN, The Hour of Power, and he has been honored by the U.S. House of Representatives for his humanitarian work. He has worked for the President of the United States developing a stage production about the future of America and designed a desegregation program for the nation’s schools.
He has authored or co-authored six books and numerous articles. In 2010 he was once again named one of the 50 most influential people to live in Kern County, California since its creation in 1894. Not ever one to rest on his laurels, Dr. Wall has also won several blue ribbons for his wood working and ceramic creations and carried the olympic torch for the summer Olympics.
But to really understand the impact Dr. Chuck Wall has had, you should listen to his students. To do so, I went to the most reliable of sources, Rate my Porfessor.com.
Here are a sample of the comments.
I took him years ago and went on to get my PhD. and I'll have to say that off all my professors this man was the greatest.
Dr. Wall is the MOST inspiring person you will ever meet, and if you show any amount of effort and interest in his classes he will reel you in and make you succeed! He is old school in the best sense of the word.
I really respect Dr.Wall and his willingness to not just be about political B.S. but instead do the right thing for the good of all... He is also a very powerful speaker...The Best Teacher I have seen in a long time.
We are proud to award Dr. Chuck Wall one of the 100 Stars of Bakersfield College
Dr. Chuck Wall was not only a well-respected professor of communications at Bakersfield College for many years, but he's world-renowned for his accomplishments with his "Random Acts of Kindness" movement that has garnered attention from shows such as "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and "Live with Larry King." He has also worked alongside presidents (Nixon) and spoken in front of world leaders such as Pope John Paul II. Dr. Wall has never forgotten where he's from and has always given back to his students and his community. I'm so lucky to have had him as one of my professors when I attended, and to call him a friend and mentor to this day over a decade after our friendship started. I know I speak on behalf of the thousands of students Dr. Wall has taught over the many years he's been in education, that when we think of Bakersfield College, we think of Dr. Chuck Wall.
-- Nathan M. Gutierrez
Chuck is the outstanding (and blind) business professor whose class assignment to commit "one senseless act of kindness" took on world fame. He has done more, in that one way, to put Bakersfield College on the international scene. He has kept that movement going nicely. Chuck has written several well-respected business books, carried the Olympic Torch in 2002, and is a sought-after inspirational and business speaker.
-- Jerry Ludeke