Walsh Commencement Features Area Leaders in Business

TROY, Mich., Jan. 27, 2020— Betsy Meter, Managing Partner of KPMG LLP and Amy B. Robinson, vice president, CFO and Chief Administrative Officer of The Kresge Foundation delivered the keynote and distinguished alumni addresses to 329 graduates, their families and friends at Walsh’s 114th commencement ceremony on Jan. 25 at Motor City Church in Troy, Michigan. Meter was also awarded an honorary doctor of laws.

Meter, a certified public accountant (CPA), has been recognized as one of Crain’s Detroit’s 40 Under 40 and was featured in DBusiness Magazine’s 2018 Powered by Women issue. She shared her ten life lessons to thrive in work and life and encouraged graduates to be optimistic and stay true to their values as they pursue excellence.

Robinson, also a CPA, holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from Walsh and was a 2011 recipient of Crain’s CFO of the Year in the nonprofit /foundation category. She was also featured in DBusiness Magazine’s 2017 Powered by Women issue and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in October 2019 at Walsh’s annual Leadership Awards Dinner.

Student speaker Trayvon Alexander, Bachelor of Business Administration graduate, also shared his educational story with the audience.

Walsh’s 114th Commencement class included graduates aged 20 to 63 from eight countries as well as several U.S. veterans. They join a network of nearly 29,000 alumni, 86 percent of whom live and work in Michigan.

For more information, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral 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 www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

KPMG Managing Partner Betsy Meter to Speak at Walsh Commencement

TROY, Mich., Dec. 12, 2019 — Betsy Meter, Managing Partner for KPMG, will address graduates and receive an honorary doctor of laws at Walsh’s 114th commencement ceremony on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Zion Church in Troy, Michigan. KPMG is a global accountancy firm providing audit, tax and advisory services.

Meter, a certified public accountant, has over 35 years of audit experience serving clients in the automotive, chemicals and diversified industrial industries. She manages the strategic direction and growth of KPMG’s Michigan practice and is also the firm’s U.S. Accounting Change Leader, providing insight and thought leadership on the implementation of new accounting standards and practices.

Meter was a 2018 dBusiness Powered by Women recipient, has been recognized as one of Crain’s 40 under 40 and was awarded both the Distinguished Service Award and Experienced Women to Watch award by the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA). She is active on several boards including the Detroit Economic Club, Detroit Regional Chamber, Downtown Detroit Partnership, MICPA and Oakland Family Services.

“We are honored to have Betsy share her experience with our students as they continue down their own paths,” said Michael Plotzke, chair of the Walsh Board of Trustees. “Her career has been defined by hard work, vision and leadership, which are qualities we strive for every Walsh student to gain. We are truly grateful that she will address our graduating class of 2020.”

For more information about Walsh, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students

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ABOUT WALSH
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, offering classes in several locations 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. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

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.”


ABOUT WALSH

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 (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh College Will Confer Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree on Keynote Commencement Speaker Judge Steven W. Rhodes

Walsh College will confer an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven W. Rhodes, who facilitated Detroit’s historic bankruptcy. Rhodes will also serve as the College’s keynote speaker during its 104th commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Zion Christian Church, Troy.

In July 2013, Judge Rhodes was assigned to the case managing the City of Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy. The city filed bankruptcy with a debt of over $18 billion. Judge Rhodes approved Detroit’s bankruptcy plan on Nov. 7, 2014, describing it as a “grand bargain.” It was the largest bankruptcy case in the U.S. as of that date.

He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1972 and also served as editor of the Michigan Law Review. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1970.

“Judge Rhodes has distinguished himself as a jurist and educator in the field of bankruptcy law,” said Stephanie W. Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College. “He has earned wide respect and admiration for his work.

“In presenting him with this honorary degree, we recognize his abilities, knowledge, and understanding of an important, complex body of law. His sense of judicial fairness and impartiality has also been critical to the future of Detroit and Michigan.”

Rhodes previously served as chief judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan, from 2002 to 2009. Rhodes was on the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Sixth Circuit from 1997 to 2004 and also from 2008 to 2011. He also served as chief judge of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel from 2002 to 2004.

His honors include election as fellow, American College of Bankruptcy in 1995, and the Distinguished Service Award, American Bankruptcy Institute in 2009. He recently co-authored The Ponzi Book: A Legal Resource for Unraveling Ponzi Schemes.

Rhodes’ professional associations include service as Sixth Circuit Representative, Board of Governors, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges from 2011 to present; bankruptcy judges representative, Judicial Council of Sixth Circuit from 2011 to present; judicial advisor, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees Ethics Committee from 2005 to present; vice president for Research, American Bankruptcy Institute from 2005 to 2009; and chair, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Endowment for Education from 2002 to 2004.

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

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). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

Walsh College Honors Military Graduates at 103rd Commencement Ceremony and Announces Robinson-Coleman Endowed Scholarship for Veterans

Several graduates at the 103rd Commencement of Walsh College were service men and women of the U.S. armed forces, distinguished at the June 21 event by wearing a red, white, and blue regalia cord.

“Walsh College is honored to have these service men and women among our ranks and we want to express our respect and gratitude for their service,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO of Walsh College, in remarks in the opening address of the ceremony.

Of the entire graduating class of 464 students, two graduates, both veterans, and both earning Master of Management degrees, completed their programs with perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point averages. Both of these students, Daniel Capizzo and James Polak, are featured in the photo (attached) among their fellow service member graduates.

Walsh College offers multiple scholarship opportunities to active military or veteran students. The most recent addition is the Robinson-Coleman Endowed Scholarship for Veterans. This scholarship was established by Amy Coleman, BAC ’90, and vice president and chief financial officer at the Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan. The scholarship honors several of Coleman’s family members who served in the United States military and to recognize all veterans for their valiant service.

The very first Walsh College student scholarship designated specifically for U.S. armed forces students, the Walter P. Rinkus Memorial Scholarship, was created earlier this year. Mike Rinkus, veteran and associate professor, Finance, at Walsh College, established this scholarship along with his wife, Judy Rinkus, in honor of Mike’s father, a veteran of World War II.

Walsh College also waives all application fees for veterans and current military service members. Helpful and knowledgeable Veteran Services staff members are readily available at the College to assist veterans in learning more about these educational benefits and career counseling.

To apply for scholarships, visit www.walshcollege.edu/scholarships.
For Veteran Services information, visit www.walshcollege.edu/veterans.
For more information on giving, go to www.walshcollege.edu/giving.

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Photo Caption: (L to R) Back Row: Jaclyn Atkins, BBA; Joshua Wessel, BBA; Jerrison Boor, BSBIS; Stephen Juhasz, BBA; Zachary Luckhart, MM; James Polak, MM; Front Row: Bafti (Ben) Baftiu, MM; Daniel Capizzo, MM

WALSH COLLEGE
Founded in 1922, Walsh College, one of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, offers upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs at locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, designed to provide 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). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, http://www.acbsp.org/) accredits specific degree programs.

 

Walsh College Confers Doctor of Management Degree on Baker

Walsh College awarded a Doctor of Management degree in Executive Leadership to Kathryn Baker of Washington, Mich., at the College’s 103rd Commencement on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Zion Christian Church, Troy.

Dr. Baker’s doctoral dissertation involved a comparative study of business coaching and leader efficacy development. She earned her bachelor of science degree in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Walsh College.

According to Dr. Baker’s study, business coaching is an organizational intervention. It combines the elements of business planning and strategy with increased awareness and education for leaders to help improve business performance. An additional outcome of participating in a business coaching program may be leader development. This comparative relationship study explored the impact of business coaching on the leaders of small and medium enterprises.

“Dr. Baker’s work places focus on the challenges of small- and medium-sized company leadership,” said Dr. Linda Hagan, director, Doctor of Management Program, and chair and professor, Business Communication. “Business coaching has evolved into a significant contributor to successful entrepreneurship. She has added strength to that body of knowledge through this study.”

Dr. Baker has more than 18 years of business development, sales, marketing, strategic planning, and organizational development experience. She has worked with organizations operating across a number of different industries, including technology, industrial, and manufacturing.

She currently owns a coaching practice and works with business owners and executives. Along with two associates, she helps leaders increase profits, build teams, and execute solid growth strategies. In addition, Dr. Baker has been an adjunct instructor at Walsh College and currently serves as the treasurer for the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce.

Her dissertation advisory committee at Walsh included Dr. Hagan, chair; Dr. Susan Gilkey, associate professor, Management; Dr. Lee Meadows, professor, Management; and Dr. Richard Radners, assistant professor, Management.

Dr. Baker also developed a poster presentation, “Business Coaching and Leader Efficacy Development: A Leadership Study,” for the Third Annual Engaged Management Conference in Atlanta, Ga., in September 2013.

For more information on Walsh College, visit www.walshcollege.edu.
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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). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

 

Walsh College Confers Doctor of Management Degree on Olszewski

Walsh College awarded a Doctor of Management degree in Executive Leadership to David Olszewski of McKinney, Tex., at the College’s 103rd Commencement on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Zion Christian Church, Troy.

Dr. Olszewski’s doctoral dissertation examined the use of systems thinking by the industrial engineer as an organizational leader. Dr. Olszewski earned his B.S.E. and M.S.E. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and an MBA from Walsh College. He is also a certified Design for Six Sigma black belt and has managed and coached numerous six sigma projects, finding new methods to improve operations.

According to Dr. Olszewski’s study, systems thinking is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than separate components. The focus of systems thinking is a holistic attitude, working to guarantee organizational success by concentrating on quality, productivity, and profit.

“Dr. Olszewski’s work serves as a meaningful contribution to the profession of industrial engineering and the framework of systems thinking skills,” said Dr. Linda Hagan, director, Doctor of Management Program, and chair and professor, Business Communication. “It can be a benefit to industrial engineers who seek successful transition to management roles.”

Dr. Olszewski is currently the senior director of program management at the Dallas Children’s Medical Center. Formerly he was an industrial engineering manager at FedEx Office in Dallas. Prior to joining FedEx Office, Dr. Olszewski was a senior industrial engineer with General Dynamics Land Systems for eight years, serving locations in Sterling Heights, Mich., and Ft. Hood in Killeen, Tex. His responsibilities included lean manufacturing and numerous process improvement initiatives.

His dissertation advisory committee at Walsh included Dr. James McHann, professor, Management; Dr. Roger Bober, clinical professor, Management; and Dr. Hagan.

Dr. Olszewski previously presented “The Industrial Engineer as Organizational Leader: An Assessment of Contemporary Industrial Engineering Skills,” a paper co-authored with Dr. McHann, at the 2010 Institute of Industrial Engineers annual conference in Cancun, Mexico.

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

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). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

 

Walsh College Confers Doctor of Management Degree on Rishi

Walsh College will award a Doctor of Management degree in Executive Leadership to Sanjay Rishi at the College’s 103rd Commencement on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Zion Christian Church, Troy.

Dr. Rishi’s doctoral dissertation explored intra-organizational communication in the context of organizational transformations. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in engineering management from the Florida Institute of Technology.

According to Dr. Rishi’s study, intra-organizational communication enables transformational success. It shapes beliefs into action. Cultural barriers to organizational transformation, when addressed effectively and efficiently, create trust. Otherwise, organizations risk failure.

The advent of digital and social technologies and the democratization of media have disrupted well-established processes, the study reported. Cultural and emotional behavioral shifts mandate a thoughtful blending of long-proven, intra-organizational communication modes with emerging avenues of organizational dialog.

“Dr. Rishi’s work has added substantially to the knowledge base in the subject of business communication, a growing area of emphasis at Walsh College and among business employers,” said Dr. Linda Hagan, director, Doctor of Management Program, and chair and professor, Business Communication.

Dr. Rishi has more than 25 years of progressive consulting and industry experience. He is vice president and managing partner, IBM, Cloud Consulting Services. In this role, Dr. Rishi leads a global team focused on helping clients harness cloud computing technologies to drive business innovation.

Previously, Dr. Rishi served as partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers; vice president and global automotive industry leader, IBM; vice president, Global Strategy, IBM, and CIO and group vice president – Information Technology and Strategic Planning, Johnson Controls Automotive.

His dissertation advisory committee at Walsh included Dr. Sheila Ronis, chair and professor, Management; Dr. Marla Scafe, professor, Management; and Dr. Jenny Tatsak, professor, Business Communication.

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

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). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

 

Walsh College Will Present Special Achievement Awards to Eight Students From Detroit Tri-County Area

Eight Walsh College students from Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland counties will receive special academic achievement awards in areas of finance, taxation, and accounting at the College’s 103rd Commencement on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Zion Christian Church, Troy.

“We’re proud of the recognition Walsh College students earn both inside and outside the College,” said Dr. David Shields, executive vice-president and chief academic officer. “It’s a tribute to their scholarship and their achievement beyond expectations in Walsh’s challenging undergraduate and graduate business programs.”

The recipients, their academic standing, hometowns, and awards are:

• Lauren E. Hanna, (Master of Science in Taxation, 2013), Grosse Pointe Shores. Stanley W. Smith Taxation Manuscript Award. Each year, this award is bestowed on a Master of Science in Taxation student who has written an outstanding paper or thesis in the field of taxation.

• Nancy Winkler Spalding, (Master of Science in Taxation candidate), Grosse Pointe Woods. Everett Hawley, Jr. Taxation Award. The award promotes accounting and taxation through education. Named for the former chair of the Walsh College Board of Trustees, the award annually honors a graduate Taxation student for academic achievement.

• Harry Frederick Cook, (Master of Science in Accountancy, 2014), Warren. Bureau of National Affairs Graduate Accounting Award. This award recognizes an outstanding Master of Science in Accountancy student for his or her academic work and contribution to the College.

• Derek D. Baker, (Bachelor of Business Administration candidate), Rochester Hills, and Ryan J. Drews, (Dual Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Finance candidate), Rochester. Financial Executives Institute (FEI) Award. Every year, the FEI Detroit chapter recognizes finance students for outstanding academic performance.

• Rachael M. Saferian, (Master of Science in Accountancy candidate), Commerce Township. Firman H. Hass Writing Award. The Detroit Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants established this award to recognize a graduate student whose writing contributes to the accounting body of knowledge. It is named in honor of a former trustee and honorary doctoral recipient.

• Kelly M. Steward, (Bachelor of Accountancy candidate), Birmingham. Walter B. Fisher Award for Excellence in Accounting. This award is presented to a student who achieves a 3.5 or better grade point average in the Bachelor of Accountancy program. The recipient must also contribute to Walsh College or the accounting profession through tutoring, club leadership, community service, or other activities. It is named for the chair emeritus of the Walsh College Board of Trustees.

• Yulia Zelenskaya, (Master of Science in Taxation, 2014), Troy. Research Institute of America Graduate Tax Award. This award is given to an outstanding Master of Science in Taxation student for his or her academic work and contribution to Walsh College.

In addition to receiving certificates of recognition, the students will be honored by having their names engraved on plaques in the Founder’s Court on the Troy Campus.

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

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). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.