Walsh College Establishes an Endowed Scholarship in Honor of Outgoing President and CEO Stephanie Bergeron

When Walsh College President and CEO Stephanie Bergeron retires from her position at the College in April, she will leave behind a legacy of leadership, integrity, and devotion to the students, alumni, faculty, and staff at the College.

Her sharp business acumen, and her ability to implement current educational needs and anticipate future employment trends has guided the College’s mission since she assumed the role of president in January of 2007.

To pay tribute to all Bergeron has accomplished during her tenure, College trustees, foundation directors, alumni, and other friends of the College have established the Stephanie W. Bergeron Endowed Scholarship. The initial gift that created the scholarship and propelled the tribute campaign was from College trustee William C. Roney and his wife, Joanne.

Unlike most endowed scholarships, which traditionally place specifications on eligibility, such as a particular field of study, this scholarship will be awarded at the College president’s discretion — wherever the need is the greatest. Initial contributions to the scholarship exceed $200,000. The hope is to continually grow the endowment through future contributions in an effort to help more deserving business students fulfill their educational aspirations.

“Stephanie’s tenure at Walsh College is marked by her sincere and total dedication to students,” said Audrey Olmstead, Walsh College vice president and chief development officer. “There truly is no better way to honor Stephanie for all that she has done for the College and the community than to contribute to the scholarship that will benefit deserving students in perpetuity.”

The scholarship fund will be managed by the board of trustees of the College in accordance with the College’s investment and disbursement policies.

Bergeron has presided over a host of major initiatives during her Walsh tenure, including the opening of the Jeffery W. Barry Center in 2008; the introduction of the dual degree program with the MBA/Master of Science in Finance (2009); the Take Charge skills-training workshop program for displaced workers offered during the recession (2009-10); the Walsh College LaunchPad for aspiring student and alumni entrepreneurs (2010); Entrepreneur-YOU, a program providing local women with tools and knowledge for entrepreneurship (2012); the Driving Aspirations campaign, which raised more than $5 million for scholarships (2012); the addition of an award-winning Finance Lab at the College (2013); the implementation of three additional dual degrees, the MBA/MSM, the MBA/MSMKT, and the MBA/MSITL (2014); and the completion of a $15 million renovation of the Troy campus that includes the Executive Success Center and a state-of-the-art Cyber Lab (2016).

Bergeron has also personally contributed to Walsh College’s success with the creation of a conference room in the faculty area, a green roof in the new construction at the Troy campus, and by creating an endowed scholarship named for her mother.

For more on the Stephanie W. Bergeron Endowed Scholarship, visit www.walshcollege.edu/scholarships.

Walsh College Appoints Greshak to its Full-time Finance Faculty

Walsh College, one of the state’s largest graduate business schools, has appointed William M. Greshak, a financial consultant and former assistant prosecuting attorney, as associate professor of finance, to its full-time faculty.

Greshak has more than 14 years of professional experience in business and financial consulting. His expertise includes forensic accounting, budgets, projections, corporate valuations, internal investigations, mergers and acquisitions, industry/performance trends, fraud detection and deterrence, and internal controls.

Additionally, Greshak has worked in the valuation and litigation support practices of several large accounting firms in both Detroit and Dallas. He is a licensed attorney in the State of Michigan and has served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Macomb County. He also holds professional certifications as Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Greshak received his J.D. from the Wayne State University School of Law in 1993. His program included a semester abroad in Russia and Poland studying international law. He earned two degrees from Walsh College: Bachelor of Business Administration in 1989 and Master of Science in Finance in 1992.

Greshak previously served on the adjunct faculty at Walsh for more than a decade. His primary instructional responsibilities have included both undergraduate and graduate courses. He has taught courses including financial modeling, financial markets and institutions, financial management, financial statement analysis, and capstone corporate finance case studies.

“Bill brings considerable business and academic expertise to Walsh College, demonstrated by his professional background and commitment to teaching excellence,” said Greg Todd, associate professor and chair, Finance and Economics Department.

“Employers are demanding exceptional finance graduates who have the skill sets to ‘hit the ground running.’ Our outstanding faculty and facilities, including the Walsh College Finance Lab, allow us to offer practical, academically rigorous finance degree programs toward meeting these demands,” said Todd.

For more information, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh College Offers Free Webinars Detailing Undergraduate, Graduate Business Degree Programs

Walsh College has scheduled free, information-packed webinars for future students interested in enrollment in key undergraduate and graduate degree programs at one of Michigan’s leading business colleges. Participant registration is required for the session at www.walshcollege.edu/webinars.

The Walsh College webinars will cover course and program content; on-campus and online content delivery; application, admission, and enrollment requirements; career services; and general information about the College. They will conclude with a question-and-answer period.

Walsh’s $35 application fee will be waived for all webinar participants.

The dates and webinar leaders are listed below. Each session runs from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 29: Master of Business Administration (MBA), featuring David Shields, Ph.D.
Fri., Jan. 30: Master of Science in Management (MSM), featuring Sheila Ronis, Ph.D.
Fri., Feb. 6: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), featuring Phil Fioravante, Ph.D.
Wed., Feb. 11: Master of Business Administration (MBA), featuring David Shields, Ph.D.
Thurs., Feb. 12: Master of Science in Finance (MSF), featuring Greg Todd, MSF, CMA.
Fri., Feb. 13: Accounting Programs (BAC, MAC), featuring Jennifer Sanderson, CPA, chair, Accounting and Tax

“The webinars will give future students important insight into high-quality, academically challenging, and practical business education offered by Walsh,” said Heather Rigby, interim director, Admissions and Academic Advising. “They hear from key faculty and other College leaders about excellent programs that underscore the desirability and value of a Walsh degree for both students and employers.”

Spring priority registration for new students begins Mon., Feb. 16 and runs through Thurs., Apr. 9. For more information on Walsh College and all programs, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh College Appoints Fioravante to Marketing Faculty Position

Walsh College has appointed Dr. Philip (Phil) Fioravante as associate professor of Marketing, according to Dr. Michael Levens, chair, Marketing, Quantitative Methods, and Information Technology, and associate professor, Marketing.

Dr. Fioravante joins Walsh’s full-time faculty after 14 years as adjunct associate professor and most recently as clinical associate professor.

Dr. Fioravante holds three degrees: A B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from Michigan State University in 1984; a M.B.A. in International Business from Wayne State University in 1990; and a Ph.D. in Organizational Management – Strategy and Technology from Capella University in 2011.

He also attended the advanced executive program, Technology and Product Strategy, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management in 2002.

His academic experience includes a position on the board of the College of Engineering, Michigan State University. His areas of expertise include strategy, international market and product development, lean manufacturing and supply chain processes, and private equity and venture capital markets.

Dr. Fioravante has served in a variety of professional senior leadership roles for more than 30 years. Most recently, he was president, North America Region and Global Purchasing, Quality and Program Management, at The Woodbridge Group, an international manufacturer.

“Our students will benefit from the wealth of business experience Phil brings to Walsh,” said Dr. David Shields, executive vice president and chief academic officer. “His devotion to teaching is second only to his passion for business professionalism and for marketing.”

Dr. Fioravante’s honors include the MSU College of Engineering Applied Engineering Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004 and also its Claud R. Erickson Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Original Equipment Supplier Association.

For more information about Walsh College, go to www.walshcollege.edu.

For a photo of Dr. Fioravante, go to http://www.walshcollege.edu/Upload/Images/Faculty/Phil%20Fioravante.jpg.

WALSH COLLEGE
Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs. One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE, www.iacbe.org). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.