Walsh Faculty to Present at National Cyber Summit June 6

TROY, Mich., June 6, 2019 – From the recent ransomware attack in Baltimore to countless national and international data breaches, cybersecurity and keeping our data and systems safe is a focus of Dave Schippers, Sc.D., CISSP, Walsh Chair and Assistant Professor of IT/Decisions Sciences, and it has been for his entire career.

“Agile Cybersecurity Education: Evolving Demands in the Cyber Landscape” is the focus of a presentation Schippers will give at the National Cyber Summit in Huntsville, Alabama on Thursday, June 6 as part of the summit’s Advanced Manufacturing track.

Hundreds of cybersecurity professionals from across the country will attend the event. The summit has a 10-year history of bringing together government, industry and cyber professionals from across the nation, and connecting senior cyber-tech leaders to those just starting in cyber-tech fields.

Schippers was invited to speak at the National Cyber Summit because of how Walsh is responding to industry demand through its information technology programs. “We’ve taken a different approach to cybersecurity than most higher education institutions,” Schippers says. “We combine academic theory, business acumen and hands-on skills development. Our graduates have the ability to apply what they have learned immediately in the workplace.”

Schippers explains that most cybersecurity graduates only have home-based technology as a point of reference when they enter the workplace. Walsh students have experience working with enterprise-level equipment in a custom-designed cyber training environment at Walsh’s Troy location.

“The information that needs to be kept secure is becoming increasingly complex. Most people think it’s just data,” Schippers adds. “It’s not just protecting server data, but also machines on the manufacturing line, medical devices, vehicles, the electrical grid – all things that work in the cyber physical space. We aren’t just protecting our data anymore. We’re protecting our way of life.”

Schippers developed Walsh’s Advanced Team-Based Attack/Defend Techniques class to increase student skills, situational awareness and response capability in hostile cyber environments. Walsh’s Technology Advisory Board members hailed the class as a unique opportunity for students in Michigan to advance cybersecurity skills and awareness.

He also created and designed Walsh’s Automotive Cybersecurity concentration, making Walsh the first institution in the nation with an automotive cybersecurity program.

Whether it’s a major U.S. city, a country, a national retailer or credit reporting agency, cybersecurity is not just about protecting data anymore. “Identity theft, phishing emails and data theft are rampant now,” he adds. “Searching for a security breach is similar to a digital manhunt, or CSI on a cyber level.”

Schippers earned his Doctor of Science in Cybersecurity from Capitol Technology University and his doctoral research focused on source device authentication, assessing engineering and forensic authentication techniques. He earned his MS in Information Systems Management and his undergraduate degree in Information Security and Intelligence with a concentration in digital forensics from Ferris State University. Additionally, he has earned multiple industry certifications, including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Encase Certified Examiner (EnCe). He also has a professional investigator license in Michigan.

For more information about the National Cyber Summit, visit www.nationalcybersummit.com/.

For more information about Walsh information technology degree programs, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students.


Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school. Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township and Port Huron, as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Jeb Bush, done with politics, thinks a Democrat who preaches civility will win nomination

June 8, 2019

Detroit Free Press

Carol Cain

Washington is a “cesspool” right now and the landscape for the 2020 presidential contest promises to be “turbulent, chaotic and will define our country going forward.”

That’s the assessment from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, whose 2016 run was crushed by Donald Trump.

Bush was one of the headliners at the Detroit Regional Chamber Policy Conference, where he spoke to business leaders about education reform.

Bush said Florida’s gain as a state and improving reading levels and other metrics, (which started during his time as governor, was accomplished by focusing on early learning and literacy.

His state adopted a third-grade reading law that called for reading coaches to be hired for each school. He added that too many students aren’t reaching their potential because, “we don’t have the guts to say some things are working and some things are not. In this dynamic world we are living in, the lessons of Florida suggest we need dynamic policies to reflect it.”

Gretchen Whitmer, almost six months into her job as governor of Michigan, spent her first week at the Governor’s Summer Residence on the island the week the chamber’s conference was held.

The residence was built in 1902 as a summer cottage for Chicago lawyer Lawrence Andrew Young. Later the Hugo Scherer family of Detroit owned it, and then in 1944 the Mackinac Island State Park Commission purchased the home.

The residence, which has 12 bedrooms, has been used by Michigan governors to host events with national and state leaders. During the chamber’s conference, many of Whitmer’s department heads stayed there too.

Whitmer gave me a quick tour and talked about its history. Sen. John F. Kennedy visited the residence to talk with Gov. G. Mennen Williams to seek his support as he ran for president. She also pointed to a picture on the wall of the first car to drive across the Mackinac Bridge.

Speaking of building bridges, Whitmer, who signed a bill at the conference that changes to the state’s no-fault auto insurance, to the delight of business leaders who applauded as the two parties come together, is looking to the next challenge — fixing roads and infrastructure.

“We don’t have to look like Washington,” she said “We can focus on issues, compromise and get serious about things.”

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WJR at #MPC19: Michigan’s Mobility Opportunity

May 28 – WJR’s Mobility Makers with Guy Gordon

Michigan’s Mobility Opportunity


  • Glenn R. Stevens, Executive Director, MICHauto, Vice President, Automotive and Mobility Initiatives, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Daniel Howes, Columnist & Associate Business Editor, The Detroit News
  • Rachel Kuntzsch, Senior Vice President, Public Sector Consultants

Butzel Long is a sponsor of the Ninth Annual U of D Mercy Titan Athletic Club’s Basketball Camp for Special Needs Kids on June 20 in Detroit

DETROIT, Mich. – Exercise, team-building and fun are advantages of youth sports. Accordingly, the University of Detroit Mercy Titan Athletic Club, is hosting its Ninth Annual Basketball Camp for special needs players from 9 a.m. to Noon on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the historic Calihan Hall on the campus of the University of Detroit Mercy. Butzel Long law firm is a sponsor of this year’s event.

The one-day clinic is for any special needs players (all abilities are welcome) ages 12 & older to learn and develop basketball skills. Athletes with trainable mental impairment (TMI), educatable mental impairment (EMI) and other developmental or physical disabilities are encouraged to participate.

“We developed this clinic for special needs kids to help them develop fundamental basketball skills,” said Bernard (Bernie) J. Fuhs, Vice President, Butzel Long and a former Titan basketball standout, Titan Club member and U of D Mercy Alum. “The kids have a blast! It’s a fun way for them to build confidence and learn basketball skills that they can practice throughout the summer.

“This event is a highlight of the year for the Titan Athletic Club members, Titan coaches, players and alumni,” added Fuhs. “At the same time, Butzel Long is a proud sponsor. Our firm has long and strong history of community involvement in the city of Detroit.”

The clinic puts all participants through various drills before ending with a scrimmage. The fee is $15 per student, which includes a camp T-shirt and tour of Calihan Hall.

Parents/ guardians are welcome to stay and watch. A camp-parent room will be available. To register or for more information, call John Hitchings at
(313) 993-1700, ext. 7331 or visit www.DetroitTitans.com/TitanClub. The registration deadline is June 18. Families who may need financial assistance, also can inquire about camp sponsorship.

About the Titan Athletic Club

The University of Detroit Mercy Titan Club is the official booster organization for more than 300 student-athletes at the University of Detroit Mercy.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing and Shanghai. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Inside Michigan’s Mobility Opportunity with MICHauto

May 28 – WJR’s Mobility Makers with Guy Gordon

Why is MICHauto on the Island


  • Glenn R. Stevens, Executive Director, MICHauto, Vice President, Automotive and Mobility Initiatives, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Thomas Manganello, Partner, Co-Chair Automotive Industry Group, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP
  • Lisa Lunsford, Chief Executive Officer, GS3

Michigan’s Mobility Opportunity


  • Glenn R. Stevens, Executive Director, MICHauto, Vice President, Automotive and Mobility Initiatives, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Daniel Howes, Columnist & Associate Business Editor, The Detroit News
  • Rachel Kuntzsch, Senior Vice President, Public Sector Consultants

What the Industry Must Do to Capitalize on the Opportunity: Change Perception


  • Glenn R. Stevens, Executive Director, MICHauto, Vice President, Automotive and Mobility Initiatives, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Cheryl Carrier, Executive Director, Ford Next Generation Learning, Ford Motor Company,
  • Jon Husby, President and Chief Executive Officer, North America, SEG Automotive

What the State of Michigan Must Do to Capitalize on the Opportunity: Pro Business Climate and Innovative Policy to Lead in Mobility


  • Glenn R. Stevens, Executive Director, MICHauto, Vice President, Automotive and Mobility Initiatives, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • State Rep. Joe Tate, State Representative, District 2, Michigan House of Representatives
  • Jim Lilly, State Representative, District 89, Michigan House of Representatives


Mackinac plants seeds for state’s future

June 2, 2019

Crain’s Detroit Business

Patti Poppe

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference gave us the opportunity to hear from policymakers like our new governor and some potential future national news breakers like Stacey Abrams of Georgia and John Kasich of Ohio. Additionally, hearing from people such as Mayor Mike Duggan, our federal legislators and the quadrant leaders in Michigan solidified how much all our thought leaders want to prepare, grow and love Michigan.

We have a lot to do to keep Michigan moving forward, and it is much more likely to happen when we stand for One Michigan. Our state is competing on a global stage for prosperity, opportunity and equity for all of our citizens. We must stand together for our collective futures, for our state’s prosperity and for our children’s opportunities, right here at home. This year’s conference was an opportunity to clarify our mission and take our to-do’s to the next level both today and for the next generation.

On Mackinac Island, leaders champion working together

May 29, 2019


Rick Albin

The first full day of the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island highlighted the idea of working together.

Officials are hoping Michigan is in a new era in divided government that produces results for the state. There was some evidence of that when Republican leadership and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer agreed to a deal to reform the state’s auto insurance law last week.

“When we meet our obligations as Michiganders, every one of us benefits. We have a historic agreement. We’ve done more in five months than anyone’s been able to accomplish on that in five years,” Whitmer said Wednesday. “I think this bodes well for where we are headed in our state and fixing roads and education.”

However, that big compromise did not sit well with all stakeholders. Several providers of long-term and critical care health services worry about the impact the law will have going forward.

But that bipartisan deal did seem to set the tone for other big endeavors. For example, Whitmer rolled out an ambitious plan to have multiple autonomous vehicles built and operating in just over a year.

That will fall to developers, universities and manufacturers already working on the technology, which will be featured at the 2020 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Flashpoint 6/2/19: State leaders address Michigan’s future at Mackinac Policy Conference

June 2, 2019

Click On Detroit

Devin Scillian

State leaders sat down with Flashpoint host Devin Scillian to address key issues facing Michigan at the Mackinac Policy Conference this week.

Segment One:

Democratic US Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan’s 12th congressional district, and Republican US Rep. Frederick Upton of Michigan’s 6th congressional district.

Segment Two:

Georgia politician, Stacey Yvonne Abrams.

Segment Three

Michigan Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson.

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Michigan Governor Signs Overhaul to Cut High Auto Premiums

May 30, 2019

U.S. News

Associated Press

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed into law an overhaul of Michigan‘s car insurance system that will let drivers forego unlimited medical benefits to cover crash injuries.

The Democratic governor signed the bill Thursday at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s policy conference on Mackinac Island. She was joined by lawmakers and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

Whitmer says it’s a “historic day” because the cost of auto insurance will go down.

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