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Former Diplomat Leon Fuerth Speaks at Walsh Commencement

Leon Fuerth, a former diplomat who was the national security advisor to Vice President Al Gore and is the Founder and Director of The Project on Forward Engagement, spoke to Walsh graduates about the importance of critical thinking at the 111th commencement ceremony on June 23 at Zion Christian Church in Troy, Michigan.

Fuerth’s keynote address focused on the challenge presented by radical, swift-moving change in areas such as technology, artificial intelligence and climate change, and how our inability to quickly and accurately evaluate facts and react is a threat to American democracy. “When government can’t keep up with the speed of change, executive action becomes an attractive alternative to democracy,” said Fuerth. “Americans need to demonstrate tolerance, show respect for diverse opinion, and reject fact on the basis of authority alone.”

Fuerth also stressed the importance of expanding our areas of thought and considering on a deeper level what the future can bring. “Challenge doctrine. Question authority. Seek the truth. Part of your Walsh education is based on critical thought and the analysis of fact,” said Fuerth. “Our future and our democracy depend on your ability to use these skills in your endeavors. As I look out at you graduates, I am encouraged to believe that the American Dream is alive and well.”


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.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (