Clayton & McKervey manager elected vice president/treasurer of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest -Michigan Chapter

Clayton & McKervey, an international certified public accounting and business advisory firm located in metro Detroit, announces that Gregory M. Schulte, CPA, a manager at the firm, has been elected Vice President/Treasurer for the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest – Michigan Chapter (GACC-MI). He has been involved with GACC-MI since 2015 and previously served as Vice President/Membership.

At Clayton & McKervey, Schulte is a manager in the Small and Mid-Sized Entities (SME) practice, offering accounting, consulting and business advisory services to SMEs in the U.S. and abroad. Conversational in German, and with 15 years of experience in a family-owned tool and die company, Schulte’s client base includes several closely-held German businesses who share a culture and philosophy that is second-nature to him. Schulte is also an adjunct professor of accounting at Walsh College, where he helps students obtain the skills necessary to to use accounting as a business analysis tool.

Schulte holds a Master of Science in Accountancy from Walsh College, a Master of Arts in Communications from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Arizona State University.

About the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest – MI Chapter
The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest – Michigan Chapter is a non-profit membership organization that encourages trade and investment between Germany and Michigan, and forms a part of the worldwide network of Chambers of Industry and Commerce based in Germany. The Michigan Chapter was formed in 1994 and, with more than 300 members, represents the largest membership of any State in the United States

About Clayton & McKervey
Clayton & McKervey is a full-service CPA firm helping middle-market entrepreneurial companies compete in the global marketplace. The firm is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout the world. To learn more, visit


Walsh College Board of Trustees Appoints Marsha Kelliher President and CEO

The Walsh College Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to appoint Marsha Kelliher as the school’s seventh president and chief executive officer. Ed Gwilt, chairman of the Board of Trustees, made the announcement.

Kelliher brings academic leadership, teaching, business and legal experience to the role. She comes to Walsh from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, where she serves as dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business. She will succeed outgoing president Stephanie W. Bergeron, who announced her retirement last spring. Kelliher will begin her role in April 2017.

“Marsha unites proven experience launching and growing academic programs with a clear vision that will benefit Walsh as we set the standard for business education in southeast Michigan,” Gwilt said. “We are fortunate to have a candidate who so positively represents the qualities of real-world management, practical expertise and confident leadership that we prize.”

Since joining Susquehanna University in 2013, Kelliher spearheaded the development of four new majors, led the redesign of the school’s London program, initiated a Women’s Leadership Symposium in New York, and led the reaffirmation of the Business School’s AACSB accreditation. Previously, she spent 19 years at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, where she held numerous leadership roles, including dean of the School of Management and Business, and oversaw graduate and undergraduate business programs. Under her leadership, six new majors and six new graduate programs were launched, and international programs were expanded, leading to global partnerships and several new minor and degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Kelliher holds a Master of Laws degree in Labor and Employment Law from the University of San Diego and a Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law. Her bachelor’s degree is from Indiana University.

In 1982, Kelliher began her career in the consulting department of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell, & Co. Like many Walsh graduate students, she earned her law degree while working full time, attending most of her classes at night and on weekends. Kelliher is licensed and has practiced law in both Texas and California, and was admitted into the prestigious National Academy of Arbitrators in 2013.

“Walsh College is well-known for its dedication to delivering a focused education rooted in the demands of today’s business world,” Kelliher said. “I look forward to building upon Walsh’s foundation to support the evolution of academic programs and core initiatives, and working closely with faculty and staff to ensure the success of our students across the region and in their careers beyond.”

Kelliher will succeed Bergeron, who was appointed in 2007. Throughout her tenure, Bergeron oversaw the launch of major initiatives and academic programs, such as the Driving Aspirations campaign that raised more than $5 million for scholarships and several programs providing entrepreneurial tools to a variety of targeted groups. She dramatically increased the school’s philanthropy program and more than doubled the number of donor-funded scholarships.

Additionally, Bergeron oversaw the opening of the award-winning Finance Lab and the $15 million transformation of the Troy campus to a state-of-the-art hub of learning and collaboration. Her experience includes 25 years of corporate finance within the automotive industry. Ms. Bergeron has been a longtime member of the Walsh community, including serving as a trustee since 1996; a member of The Walsh College Foundation board of directors since 2004; and chair of the Academic Committee since 2005.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as president and CEO of Walsh College for the past 10 years,” Bergeron said. “I have great faith in the institution, and have been continually surprised and impressed with the caliber and dedication of the faculty, staff, alumni and students themselves. Marsha is taking on the best job in Michigan and will find her role of providing an unmatched education to the business leaders of tomorrow to be very rewarding.”


Founded in 1922, Walsh College is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college. It offers 15 undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. One of the region’s largest business schools and one of Michigan’s top three graduate business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online.

Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation, and other fields. The faculty integrates theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. It includes four Fulbright Scholars, the most of any business school in the state of Michigan. There are about 27,000 alumni, most of whom live or work in Michigan.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs ( accredits specific degree programs.

Walsh College will Launch New Cybersecurity Concentration at Graduate-Degree Level in January 2016; Related Webinar also Planned

TROY, Mich., December 4, 2015 – Walsh College will offer a new cybersecurity concentration in its highly regarded Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) degree program in January 2016 to meet the increased demand for advanced education in this growing IT specialization.

Separately, a free webinar titled “Next Generation Cyber Warriors – Cyber 4.0” is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 20, 2016. It is available to the public, but registration is required at Spaces are limited.

Here are details for the programs.

Cybersecurity Concentration:
A new cybersecurity concentration has been added to the graduate MSIT program. This program is unique as it maps to several external standards. The standards include Department of Defense directive 8570, the National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence course requirements, and the Department of Homeland Security NICE Framework, which make the program a first in the southeast Michigan educational market.

Cybersecurity courses include Fundamentals of Cybersecurity; Security Program Management; Business Continuity; Resiliency and Crisis Management; Threats, Vulnerabilities, Controls, and Countermeasures; Intelligence Analysis Tools and Techniques; Social, Political, and Cultural Impacts of Cybersecurity; and Current Issues in Cybersecurity.

This program is focused on preparing the next generation cybersecurity professionals. Students will develop the ability to employ information technology and cybersecurity knowledge and skills for tactical and strategic advantage. They will also apply critical, strategic, ethical, and innovative thinking to achieve results-oriented organizational goals.

“The future of cybersecurity and the number of trained people needed to protect and defend information systems on which businesses depend are growing exponentially,” said Barbara Ciaramitaro, Ph.D., lead professor, Information Technology and Cybersecurity. “Both students and employers are demanding greater emphasis on cybersecurity in IT education programs to meet the growing need in the marketplace.”

The Wednesday, January 20 Cybersecurity webinar will feature Dr. Ciaramitaro discussing how the next generation of “cyber warriors” will be educated and prepared.

“In the past, cyber professionals have focused primarily on waiting for an attack to happen and then responding to it and cleaning up the damage. This passive posture is no longer adequate,” said Dr. Ciaramitaro. “The attacks are now challenging every aspect of our lives.”

She added that a new generation of cyber warriors views action and intelligence as the primary methods for shortcutting attacks and minimizing their potential danger.

The concentration and related seminar enhance Walsh College’s demonstrated leadership in the field through its Center for Cybersecurity Leadership (CCL).

The CCL, one of four Walsh College research centers, was established through collaboration between the Management and Information Technology Departments of Walsh College with strong support from business, military, and government leaders.

Interested students should visit for program updates or contact or 248-823-1610. For additional information on Walsh College, visit

Walsh College to Waive its Application Fee for Future Business Students During “Walk-In Wednesdays” in December

Walsh College, a leading all-business college and one of Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, will waive its normal $35 fee for future students who apply for admission during “Walk-In Wednesdays” in December at its locations in Troy, Novi, and Clinton Township.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. each Wednesday, except for December 23 when the College is closed.

Future students may bring their college transcripts, meet with an admissions or academic advisor without an appointment, and discuss Walsh’s undergraduate and graduate business and information technology programs, as well as the admission process.

Attendees will also learn about student services, financial aid, student life, career services, and other Walsh College information.

Undergraduate programs offered at Walsh, a business education leader in the Detroit-area since 1922, include Bachelor of Accountancy, Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in Accounting Processes, Finance, General Business, Management, Marketing; and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

Graduate programs include Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Accountancy (MAC), Master of Science in Finance (MSF), Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT), Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership (MSITL), Master of Science in Management (MSM), Master of Science in Marketing (MSMKT), and Master of Science in Taxation (MST).

Dual-degree options include MBA/MSF, MBA/MSITL, MBA/MSM, and MBA/MSMKT

“We invite future students to learn more about Walsh in this one-on-one environment. As a bonus, we will waive the application fee for students ready to begin our business programs, which are valued by students and area employers alike,” said Heather Rigby, director, Admissions and Academic Advising. “We offer fully accredited degrees at the bachelor and master level, as well as graduate-level certificates.”

Walsh College is located at 3838 Livernois, Troy; 41500 Gardenbrook, Novi; and University Center 1, Office 202A, 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township.

For more information, visit, or call 1-800-WALSH-01.

Walsh Leadership Center, Michigan Business and Professional Association Sign Collaboration Agreement

Walsh College and the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) have entered into an agreement to transfer affinity groups and select small- and family-business training events coordinated by the Walsh Institute Leadership Center to the MBPA, according to Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College, and Jennifer Kluge, CEO, MBPA.

With the agreement, MBPA gains new programming for training, events and experience-sharing for its members. Walsh College will continue to offer specific educational resources and meeting space to MBPA.

Both Walsh and MBPA will work together and expand their individual resources in connection with group presentations and sponsorships.

The transfer is effective January 1, 2016. Jan Hubbard, director, Walsh Institute Leadership Center, moved to the MBPA effective November 30, 2015 and has been named executive director, MichBusiness.

MBPA has a long history as a member service organization with systems in place for greater efficiencies.

“We are very excited to bring affinity groups to our MichBusiness initiative. We recognize the value of peer-to-peer learning,” said Kluge.

“We welcome the Walsh groups to MBPA and hope to create many new groups for HR professionals, family businesses, food industry professionals, and women in business,” she added.

“Walsh College is pleased with this arrangement with MBPA,” said Bergeron. “We believe it best serves our valued constituencies, and we look forward to collaborating on future programs.”

Hubbard joins MBPA after 15 years in various roles at Walsh. She is a veteran of the non-profit industry, starting in Washington, D.C. with The American Advertising Federation, where she was communications director, then with the Advertising Club of Washington, D.C., as executive director.

Returning to her home state of Michigan in 1988, she was appointed director, Marketing and Communications, for the United Way of Oakland County. During her 13 years at United Way, Hubbard was a resource and a recognized leader for innovative initiatives.

She is a 25-year member of the Public Relations Society of America and a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Hubbard holds a B.A. in Communications from Western Michigan University and has completed graduate work in Strategic Leadership at Walsh College.

A celebration of the agreement is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Andiamo restaurant, Bloomfield Township, Mich. Media representatives are welcome to attend.

For more information on Walsh College, visit Visit for more information on MBPA.

The Attacks on Paris: Understanding Terrorism, Its Origins, and Future Implications. Hosted by Walsh College.

Walsh College Professor Richard Chasdi, Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert on global terrorism studies, will present an informational session on “The Attacks on Paris: Understanding Terrorism, Its Origins, and Future Implications” from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, November 19, 2015, at the College’s Troy campus.

Dr. Chasdi will discuss the definition of terrorism, the origins of al-Qaeda and ISIS, the threat, and a prognosis. The event is free and open to the public but seats are limited. Registration is required at

A question-and-answer session will follow. Sheila Ronis, Ph.D., professor and chair, Management, and director of the Walsh College Center for Complex and Strategic Decisions (CCSD), and Barbara Ciaramitaro, Ph.D., lead professor, Information Technology and Cybersecurity, and director of the Walsh College Center for Cybersecurity Leadership, will also participate.

Dr. Chasdi has a long, distinguished career in consulting and international problem-solving in the security arena, in particular international conflict resolution and mediation. He is an internationally recognized specialist in terrorism and counter-terrorism studies. His research interests include multinational corporations’ security in an increasingly globalized world.

A member of the Walsh College Management faculty since September 2013, Dr. Chasdi authored the book “Counterterror Offensives for the Ghost War World,” among other books and articles. It contains a chapter on French terrorism and authorities’ responses to it.
His book, “Serenade of Suffering: A Portrait of Middle East Terrorism, 1968-1993” received Choice magazine’s “Outstanding Academic Title” in 2000 in the field of international relations. Another book, “Tapestry of Terror: A Portrait of Middle East Terrorism,” 1994-1999 was one of five books about Algeria listed in the Times of London in 2003 in “All You Need to Read.”
Dr. Chasdi is a member of the editorial board of Armed Forces and Society, and a member of the editorial board of the on-line journal, “Perspectives on Terrorism: A Journal of the Terrorism Research Initiative.” He has also served as a member of the international advisory board for Terrorism: An Electronic Journal. He is also affiliated with the Walsh College CCSD.
Dr. Chasdi holds a special term appointment with Argonne National Laboratory, University of Chicago. He is also an associate member at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago.

He holds a B.A. degree from Brandeis University, a M.A.from Boston College, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in Political Science.

Dr. Ciaramitaro earned her Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Information Systems with a post-doctoral certificate in Information Security. She earned her Master of Science in Software Engineering Administration from Central Michigan University and her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Wayne State University.

Dr. Ronis is a Fulbright Specialist Scholar and has written oredited six books including proceedings from conferences she has chaired at the National Defense University. Her B.S. is in physics, mathematics, and education, and her M.A. and Ph.D. are in social system behavior from The Ohio State University.

For more information about Walsh College, visit For more information about the Walsh College CCSD and CCL Research Centers, visit

Walsh College Research Center for Complex and Strategic Decisions Launches Website

The Center for Complex and Strategic Decisions (CCSD) at Walsh College has launched a website supporting its role as a key research unit for government, business, and other organizations faced with making better decisions in an increasingly complex global environment. The web address is

The CCSD, established by the College’s Management department in collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory, provides research in complexity, judgment, and decision sciences that can be applied to improve organizational effectiveness and decision-making. These efforts can benefit federal, state, and local governments, as well as multinational corporations headquartered in Michigan and across the country.

Other organizations of various types and sizes also participate in testing and further developing CCSD research tools in the decision-support arena. The project-based CCSD is establishing partnerships with many organizations to conduct and apply research.

“The speed and agility of global commerce, political relationships, and information technology has challenged many leaders’ ability to make quick, reasoned, and accurate decisions,” said Sheila R. Ronis, Ph.D., professor and chair, Management, Walsh College, and director, CCSD.

“Through its academic, business, and government relationships, the CCSD seeks to understand the dynamics and rationale behind the decision-making process and how it can be enhanced, strengthened, and accelerated,” she added.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding, Argonne collaborates with Ronis and Richard Chasdi, Ph.D., professor, Management, Walsh College, to advance systems science and to develop integrated computational analytics solutions to increase understanding of physical, social, economic, and technologic interrelationships; to enable anticipation of possible futures; and to support decision-making and policy making in complex environments.

The CCSD is one of four Walsh research centers of expertise. The others are the Center for Cyber Security Leadership, the Information Assurance Center, and the Mark Solomon Tax Research Center. Each Center specializes in the development and dissemination of knowledge in specialized areas.

The involvement of Dr. Ronis and Dr. Chasdi in global academic and business arenas raises the College’s visibility to key decision-makers at large organizations and governments. Insights gained through this network are incorporated into the graduate Management course curriculum, building students’ knowledge and understanding of complex decision-making.

Dr. Ronis is also president of The University Group, Inc., a management consulting firm and think tank specializing in strategic management, visioning, leadership, national security, and public policy. Dr. Ronis holds a special term appointment with Argonne National Laboratory, University of Chicago, and serves as vice chairman of the board, National Defense University Foundation.

Her professional affiliations include The Ohio State Alumni Association as former vice-chairman, Board of Directors; life memberships in The Economic Club of Detroit, Association of the U.S. Army, National Defense Industrial Association, and the World Future Society; member, Academy of Management; and fellow, Inter-University Symposium of Armed Forces and Society. In 2013, Dr. Ronis was awarded the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Outstanding Public Service Award in a formal ceremony in Washington, D.C.

She served as guest speaker on the use of foresight methodologies to improve public policy in September 2014 at the Royal Society in London, U.K. On that visit to the U.K., Dr. Ronis also presented a paper at the University of Hull on “Strategy, Policy, and Complexity: Lessons from the Study of National Security Systems.” She is a Fulbright Specialist Scholar and has written/edited six books including proceedings from conferences she has chaired at the National Defense University. Her B.S. is in physics, mathematics, and education, and her M.A. and Ph.D. are in social system behavior from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Chasdi joined Walsh in September 2013 following teaching positions at Wayne State University and the University of Windsor. He holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, an M.A. from Boston College, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in Political Science.

Dr. Chasdi has a long, distinguished career in consulting and international problem-solving in the security arena, in particular international conflict resolution and mediation. He is the author of three books and several articles and book chapters in refereed publications.

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Walsh College Offers Open House at Novi Campus

Walsh College will hold an open house for future students interested in pursuing its high-quality, highly valued bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and information technology from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, November 5, at its Novi campus, 41500 Gardenbrook Rd.

At the open house, future students can:

  • Meet with an advisor. Bring transcripts and receive guidance through the application process. Transfer credits will be evaluated on the spot
  • Learn how to transfer up to 82 credits to complete an undergraduate degree
  • Learn about academic programs, online degrees, financial aid, student organizations, and career services

Register to attend at

The normal application fee is waived for undergraduate and graduate applications during the event. Registration for the Winter 2016 semester begins Monday, November 23. Scholarships are available for qualified students.

“Our open house advisors can provide the personalized guidance that future students need to plan a Walsh business or information technology undergraduate or graduate program which is geared for academic and career success,” said Heather Rigby, director, Admissions and Academic Advising. “Since its founding in 1922, Walsh College has been a business education leader recognized by students and employers alike.”

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Walsh College Introduces New Online Career Development Guide Focused on Millennials: “Your Executive Coach”

Walsh College has introduced “Your Executive Coach,” a digital publication that provides guidance on navigating the road to career success for millennial- generation students and graduates beginning to enter the professional job market.

Walsh College has collected some of the most essential advice offered by its Career Services and business management experts into the guide, available free at

“Your Executive Coach” provides tips and suggestions for career advancement, promotions, teams, career changes, and resource maximization.

“The recommendations provide direction for students and graduates looking to start their careers seamlessly or transition to new ones,” said Brenda Paine, director, Career Services, Walsh College. “In addition, it also shows how to avoid missteps when changing career directions and focus.”

“Over time, each job acquired will require its own skill set of talents, knowledge base, credentials, and relationships,” said Lee Meadows, Ph.D., professor, Management, Walsh College.

“Future success will go to job candidates who can adapt, as well as act – quickly, confidently, and skillfully,” he added. “This guide can help give young people a competitive leap ahead.”

Important topics presented in the publication include communication skills, presentations, professional societies and associations, promotions, volunteering for assignments, interviewing, certification programs, and entrepreneurship.

Paine and Dr. Meadows served as special advisors and contributors to the eight-page publication.

Registration for Winter 2015 classes at Walsh College begins November 23.

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Student Life at Walsh College Announces Newly Elected Student Government Association Board

Student Life at Walsh College Troy is proud to announce the results of their Student Government Association (SGA) election and its newly elected officers, who will serve a one-year term starting September 2015.

Julie Denha, of Saginaw, Mich., has been elected President. Allen D’Aoust, of Troy, has been elected Vice President. Erin Hayden of Clinton Township, has been elected Secretary. Larry Champagne, also of Clinton Township, has been elected Treasurer.

The SGA represents the interests of the student body through active and open involvement with students, student organizations, faculty, and administrators. SGA meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Walsh College Troy campus at 5:15 p.m. in room 201.

For more information about the association, please visit

About Student Government Association

The Student Government Association’s vision is to increase awareness and participation of student organizations, activities on campus, and networking events. Student Government is a liaison with Walsh administration to address student body concerns, suggestions, and improvements.

Becoming a part of the Student Government means that you are excited, ready, and willing to lead students in securing their roles in the life of the college, and to support a high quality student experience!