Business Leaders Appointed to Walsh Board of Trustees

TROY, Mich., Aug. 28, 2019 — Walsh announces the appointment of four new members to its Board of Trustees. The newly appointed Board members are Michelle Acciavatti, Market Leader Michigan and Northwest Ohio, Willis Towers Watson LC; David Lewis, President, AT&T Michigan; Michele Honomichl, Founder, Executive Chairman & Chief Strategy Officer, Celergo and retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Doug Slocum.

“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome these four individuals to our Board of Trustees,” said Marsha Kelliher, President and CEO of Walsh. “They bring a diverse range of expertise and experience at an important time in Walsh’s history, and we look forward to their leadership and insight.”

Acciavatti consults with large global organizations on the strategy, design and management of their risk and human resources programs. She is also responsible for colleague engagement and recruitment in the market and in 2017, became the city’s first female market leader in the company’s 70-year history here in Detroit. Acciavatti was also recently named one of Crain’s Detroit’s 2019 Notable Women in HR.

Lewis was named President of AT&T-Michigan in 2018 after serving as Director of External and Corporate Affairs since 2009. Prior to AT&T, Lewis worked for U.S. Senator Evan Bayh and as Indiana’s Clerk of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Tax Court. He’s been named Who’s Who of Black Indianapolis and Corporate Citizen of the Year by the NAACP State Convention.

Honomichl provides strategic direction for the services, technologies and market expansion for Celergo, a Global Payroll Services Provider managing local, offshore and expatriate payrolls in over 120 countries. She also founded GPSLink, a web-based technology to help manage expatriate administration. Honomichl has presented at APA, SHRM, and other venues and contributed to “Payroll Answer Book” by Wolters Kluwer, 2007 through 2018 editions.

Brig. Gen. Slocum is the Executive Advisor to the CEO of Simon Group Holdings. He served 35 years with the U.S. Air Force and Air Force National Guard, including as Commanding General of the 127th Wing and Selfridge Air National Guard Base. He has authored over 250 lessons, textbooks and professional publications and received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Walsh.

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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 Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit

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

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 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.

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Walsh College Establishes Schafer Endowed Scholarship

Walsh College has established the Margaret and Donald Schafer Memorial Endowed Scholarship to support deserving undergraduate and graduate business students.

The scholarship is based on a gift from Jerry Schafer, member, Walsh College Foundation Board of Directors, in memory of his parents. Schafer is also a McDonald’s Corp. vice president, Worldwide Development. He graduated from Walsh with a Bachelor of Accounting degree in 1975.

“Jerry’s leadership at the Walsh Foundation and as an alumnus has provided energy and enthusiasm to our philanthropic efforts,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College. “His generosity to Walsh through this scholarship will help deserving students achieve greater success in their academic and professional careers.”

Donors to Walsh College have several scholarship-giving options available, including named endowed, named annual, student hardship, and general fund scholarships.

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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 (; phone: 312-263-0456) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE, The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, accredits specific degree programs.