Alumni Q&A: Deputy Chief of Staff Walter William Hambrick Jr.
June 14, 2022
SHSU Media Contact: Wes Hamilton
By Lidia Gutierrez
Walter William Hambrick Jr. received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Sam Houston State University in 2001. After graduation, Hambrick accumulated 16 years of experience in the public sector and has now been appointed as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Sylvester Turner in the City of Houston.
“I was honored to take this next step in my career journey,” Hambrick said. “I get to support the administration of the most diverse city in the nation and have fun doing it every day.”
Within this role, Hambrick will serve as the mayor’s liaison to various city departments and divisions, support a range of operational and policy topics and coordinate items for City Council members and committees.
How has your degree impacted your career?
WH: My degree has given me a strong foundation to be a forever learner. The many courses, term projects and student organizations I participated in prepared me for the career journey I’m on.
Why did you come to SHSU?
WH: Family and friends influenced my decision to attend SHSU. I felt at home from the day I went to Saturday at Sam to the day of my graduation. SHSU was the best kept secret in the Piney Woods! It’s so awesome to see the growth that has happened since I was on campus.
What do you enjoy about your current position/profession?
WH: I thrive on the collaboration of the 23 departments, 22,000 employees and 2.3 million citizens that call Houston home. Every day is rewarding in its own unique way, from supporting the Park and Recreation Department recruiting summer lifeguards to meeting with the UNICEF President and CEO on our status as a Child Friendly City.
What do you love about your field?
WH: I love working with my fellow public sector partners to deliver meaningful support across an array of departments and programs. Local government is the heartbeat of every community.
Has something about your SHSU education surprised you since graduating?
WH: The depth and reach of the Bearkat network. Everyone from media broadcasters, professional athletes and law enforcement leaders to agriculture science majors like myself, we all have excelled in our perspective careers
What advice do you have for college students hoping to succeed professionally?
WH: Network! Networking has opened so many doors for me. Make it your mission to build, foster and nurture your professional network.
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