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Walsh College Board of Trustees Elects Three New Members, Names New Chair and Vice-Chairs

The Walsh College Board of Trustees has elected three new members to serve three-year terms and has appointed a new chair and two vice-chairs to the governing body of the College.

The new members are Betty S. Chu, M.D., Bloomfield Hills, Mich., chief medical officer and vice president, medical affairs, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital; Thomas W. Proctor, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., chief executive officer, White Light Capital Ltd.; and Gerald Schafer, Cary, N.C., recent corporate vice president, worldwide development, McDonald’s Corp.

The new chair is Edward T. Gwilt, Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., senior vice president, credit administration, Comerica Bank. He replaces Richard Aginian, Birmingham, Mich., who remains a member of the Board following a five-year term as chair. Kathleen M. Kosmatka, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., partner, global employer services, Deloitte Tax LLP, and Michael J. Plotzke, Troy, Mich., chief financial officer, vice president of finance, and treasurer, Plastipak Handling, Inc., have been named vice-chairs.

“These leaders bring a wealth of business experience and knowledge to Walsh College which is invaluable in guiding important decisions made to advance the educational experience for our students,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College.

“We look forward to their guidance as we embark on execution of “2020 Driven,” our strategic plan, completion of our building addition and renovation, and enrichment of our academic programs. Our Trustees provide a solid foundation for governance that builds Walsh’s reputation as a destination business college in southeast Michigan,” Bergeron added.

Betty S. Chu, M.D.
In her current position at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, Dr. Chu works with the executive leadership team and is responsible for quality, safety, clinical growth initiatives, and medical staff affairs. She is a graduate of the Integrated Premed/Medical program at the University of Michigan Medical School, and has an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. In addition to her administrative role, she is a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist.

Dr. Chu currently serves on boards at the Michigan State Medical Society and the Area Agency on Aging 1B.

Thomas W. Proctor
Proctor has spent the last 33 years in the business community. For 25 years he worked in several executive positions at Proctor Financial, Inc., the largest private insurance underwriter in the metro Detroit region, serving the last 13 as CEO. In 2004, he sold the company. In 2002, he founded White Light Capital, Ltd., a private equity fund specializing in start-up companies. It holds interest in companies in the entertainment, real estate, health care, and construction industries.

Proctor co-founded Loancraft, LLC, in 2003, providing outsourcing services to the lending industry. He earned a BBA from the University of Michigan.

Gerald Schafer
In his current post, Schafer is semi-retired and does strategic development consulting for McDonald’s in Latin America, Canada, and the U.S. Schafer is also current president of the Board of Trustees for the Ronald McDonald House in Durham, N.C.

He was also appointed to the Walsh College Foundation Board of Directors in 2009.

Edward T. Gwilt
Gwilt joined Comerica in 1977. He has held a number of management positions, including service as a commercial lending officer, corporate credit administration officer, chief loan review officer, and presently divisional credit administration officer. He was named to his current position in September 2014.

Gwilt received his Bachelor of Science degree from Hillsdale College in 1976. He was appointed to the Walsh College Board of Trustees in November 2004. Gwilt is also chair of the Walsh Foundation Board of Directors. In addition, he is a past member of the alumni boards of Alpha Tau Omega and Hillsdale College.

Kathleen M. Kosmatka
Kosmatka is a certified public accountant and earned her bachelor of accountancy degree from Walsh College. She has more than 37 years of professional tax experience, specializing in international assignment services to various clients.

Kosmatka was the first woman partner in the Touche Ross Michigan Practice when she was promoted in 1988, and served as Touche Ross national director of expatriate services for four years prior to the firm’s merger in the early 1990s. She is now the global international assignment services engagement partner for one of Michigan’s Big Three automotive manufacturers.

Michael J. Plotzke
Plotzke has been with Plastipak for approximately 30 years. He previously worked for Doeren Mayhew, Deloitte & Touche, and KPMG, where his special focus was mergers and acquisitions and turn-around, troubled company management.

A certified public accountant, Plotzke received a bachelor of accountancy in 1980 and a master of science in taxation in 1986, both from Walsh College. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Walsh College since 2007. Plotzke was named a Distinguished Alumnus by Walsh in 2004.

For more information on Walsh College, visit www.walshcollege.edu.