Walsh College President and CEO Stephanie Bergeron Announces Retirement

Stephanie W. Bergeron, president and CEO of Walsh College since January 2007, the first woman to lead the College, and its sixth president since its inception in 1922, has announced her retirement from the region’s leading business school, effective in early 2017.

To ensure a smooth transition, Bergeron will remain as president and CEO until a national search process for a new president concludes in early 2017.

Edward T. Gwilt, chair, Walsh College Board of Trustees, said, “Stephanie has provided exceptional leadership in guiding the College though an important period of academic advancement and facilities modernization.

“Her strategic vision and outlook have been critical in providing quality business and information technology programs valued by students and employers alike,” he added. “We are grateful for her energy, enthusiasm, and important contributions. Her legacy of student support and interaction, along with a relentless pursuit of academic and business excellence, will remain in the fabric of the College.”

Bergeron has presided over a host of major initiatives during her Walsh tenure, including the Driving Aspirations campaign that raised more than $5 million for scholarships; the 2009-10 Take Charge skills-training workshop program for displaced workers, offered during the recession; accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (2010); the Walsh College LaunchPad for aspiring student and alumni entrepreneurs (2010); Entrepreneur-YOU (2012), a program providing local women with tools and knowledge for entrepreneurship; the award-winning Finance Lab (2013); and the $15 million addition and renovation of the Troy campus (2016).

New degree programs developed during her leadership have included the Master of Business Administration/Master of Science of Finance dual-degree program (2009), the revised Master of Science in Accountancy program (2013); the enhanced MBA, Master of Science, dual-degree MBA/MS graduate programs (2014); and the cybersecurity concentration in the Master of Science in Information Technology degree program (2016).

“I am proud of my contributions to the educational legacy of Walsh College and to the community,” Bergeron said. “We have made tremendous strides as a leading business college which have contributed to the educational advancement of our students and in the economic growth of southeast Michigan.”

She added, “I look forward to continuing my role at Walsh while a successor is selected and then creating new opportunities for personal growth and a little fun in the future.”

Bergeron began her career at Arthur Andersen in 1975. She later spent 26 years in automotive industry finance in increasingly responsible positions at General Motors, Chrysler, and Goodyear Tire and Rubber. At Goodyear, Bergeron advanced to senior vice president, Corporate Financial Operations, responsible for Goodyear’s global corporate finance, accounting, tax, and treasury.

She later became founder, president, and chief executive officer of Bluepoint Partners, a consulting company providing advice on financial and capital structure. Bergeron has been a member of the Walsh College Board of Trustees since 1996.

Bergeron is a Henry Ford Health System trustee and chairs its Finance and Planning Committee. She is the chair, board of directors, of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA). Her board memberships include the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Detroit Economic Club, and Sun Communities, Inc. Bergeron is also a member of the Executive Committee, Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities.

In 2013, the Michigan Business and Professional Association honored Bergeron with a “Distinguished Leadership Award” in the Education category while the MICPA honored her with its “Women to Watch Award,” Experienced Leader category. Bergeron also received DBusiness’ 2013 “Powered by Women” award. In 2011, she received an honorary Associate in Arts and Sciences degree from Schoolcraft College.

In 2007 and 1997, Crain’s Detroit Business named Bergeron one of its “Most Influential Women.” She was awarded Pillar of Vibrancy in Education honors from The Community House, Birmingham, Mich., in 2014. Bergeron received the Oakland County “Quality People, Quality County” award for career achievement and community contributions in 2015.

Bergeron earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Michigan in 1975 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Detroit in 1981.

A Certified Public Accountant, Bergeron earned the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), and is a member of the AICPA Council.