H. Lee Scott Jr.

H. Lee Scott Jr.

Lee Scott Jr., a 1971 business graduate, was inducted into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame this summer in a ceremony in Manhattan, Kansas, marking a first for PSU.

Scott grew up in Baxter Springs, Kansas, as the son of a gas station owner. He went on to become the president and CEO of Walmart — the largest company, by sales, in the history of the world.

It was while attending PSU that he met his future wife, Linda. They first lived in the Lone Star Trailer Court, with Lee working at McNally’s manufacturing plant and on campus in order to make ends meet.

After graduating with a B.S. in Business, Scott began his career with a job in Springdale, Arkansas with Yellow Freight as a salesperson and manager, followed by a 25-year career with Walmart where he began as the assistant director of transportation.

He made many contributions to corporate operations, human development, and environmental sustainability. During his time as CEO, company-wide sales increased faster than inventory levels.

The performance hall in PSU’s Bicknell Family Center for the Arts is named for Lee and Linda, in honor of a $5 million contribution made by the Walton Foundation in their name. In 2015, the couple donated more than $2 million to endow a national speaker series at PSU.