Walsh Joins Detroit Promise as First Bridge Partner

Walsh will allow qualified students graduating from community college to transfer and continue their education towards a bachelor’s degree.

TROY, Mich. Jan. 3, 2020 – In an effort to provide more students with the opportunity to advance their learning, Walsh has entered into a partnership with Detroit Promise, administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber, offering transfers and scholarships to Detroit Promise two-year students graduating from a participating community college, beginning in the winter 2020 semester.

“For more than 50 years, Walsh has provided an accessible, seamless pathway for community college students to finish their degree at a nationally ranked, private institution. We are very proud to continue this practice as the first bridge partner for the Detroit Promise,” said Marsha Kelliher, President and CEO of Walsh.

Walsh has committed to being an unlimited partner to Detroit Promise, which means they will provide a tuition-free path to an unlimited number of Detroit Promise students who meet the general requirements.

To qualify for the transfer to Walsh, Detroit Promise community college students must have 60 credits or an associate degree from a participating community college: Henry Ford College, Jackson College, Macomb Community College, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College or Wayne County Community College District.

If the student meets these qualifications, they can apply to transfer to Walsh subsequently applying to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree.

Since 2013, the Detroit Regional Chamber has administered the Detroit Promise, which is funded by the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation and university partners. Through this funding, the program ensures that any Detroit-resident student graduating in the city of Detroit will have a tuition-free path to an associate, technical certificate, or bachelor’s degree at participating community colleges and four-year universities.

For more information on the Detroit Promise, please visit www.detroitpromise.com.

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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).

ABOUT DETROIT PROMISE
The Detroit Promise scholarship, administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber, ensures that any Detroit-resident student graduating from a high school in the city will have a tuition-free path to an associate degree or technical certificate at participating community colleges, or a four-year degree at participating universities. Since 2013, the Chamber has administered the Detroit Promise (formerly the Detroit Scholarship Fund), which is privately funded by the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation to fulfill Gov. Rick Snyder’s pledge. In 2016, Mayor Mike Duggan announced the Detroit Promise Zone authority to dedicate a portion of tax dollars to permanently fund the two-year scholarships.

Walsh President Delivers Keynote Address at Leadership Luncheon

Walsh President & CEO Marsha Kelliher delivered the keynote address at the Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce’s 14th Annual Fall Civic Leadership Luncheon & Global Business Economic Forum on October 31. The theme was A Tribute to Women: Profiles in Public Service as part of the C4 Series: Courage, Conviction, Confidence and Character.

President Kelliher’s address followed opening remarks by U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell and highlighted the many ways public servants improve our communities, the value of their civic duty, and the fact that everyone, from individuals to global organizations, plays a role in caring for our communities.

“It was an honor to speak to an audience of such dynamic individuals, particularly about a subject that resonates so strongly with me – honoring women in public service,” said Kelliher.

The event also highlighted The Pink Fund in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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, Farmington Hills 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. 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).

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.”

WALSH COLLEGE

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