Walsh College Names Schmidt, Harder to Foundation Board Posts

The Walsh College Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of two local business executives as officers of the College’s Foundation Board of Directors.

Louis Schmidt, Jr., director, The Honey Baked Ham Company, Troy, Mich., is named chair, and Dennis J. Harder, managing director, The Private Bank, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is named vice-chair. In addition, Schmidt has been elected to a three-year term on Walsh College Board of Trustees, the governing body of the College

Established in 2004, the Walsh College Foundation serves as the official fundraising arm of the College and encourages private giving and ensures the integrity of the College’s philanthropy program.

It is staffed by employees of the College and led by volunteers who are business, industry, and community leaders. Walsh alumni comprise 72 percent of the 25-member Foundation Board of Directors.

“The two boards will benefit greatly from the wealth of business experience and expertise these two outstanding professionals bring to the College,” said Ed Gwilt, chair, Walsh College Board of Trustees. “Both are graduates and long-time supporters of Walsh College who are highly respected in their businesses and within the southeast Michigan community.”

Schmidt attended Hillsdale College in the 1980s and later transferred to Walsh College where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance in 1990. He continued at Walsh, earning a Master of Science in Finance in 1997. Schmidt is also a member of the executive committee and vice-chair, Crime Stoppers of Michigan.

Prior to The Private Bank, Harder was a senior vice president and middle market division manager at LaSalle Bank. He is treasurer, Michigan Humane Society Board of Directors, and a former adjunct assistant professor, Finance and Economics, at Walsh. Harder also serves as co-chair of the College’s Leadership Awards special events committee. Harder earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Finance from Walsh in 1991 and 1997, respectively.

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Walsh College Board of Trustees Appoints Scott Rice to Foundation Board of Directors

The Walsh College Board of Trustees has elected Scott Rice to a three-year team on the Walsh College Foundation Board of Directors.

Rice is the chief operating officer at Powerlink, a Detroit-based staffing, facilities management, and construction company. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at Walsh College in 2004 and joined Link 2 Technologies in March 2003. Rice helped founder Link Howard launch Powerlink in August 2003.

Starting with just one customer and 20 employees, Powerlink has grown to more than 500 employees working at health care, education, manufacturing, and utility facilities in the Midwest. Rice has had responsibilities for every facet of the operation, from sales and marketing to operations.

He had previously succeeded in turning around two plastic injection molding plants in the automotive and consumer products industries.

His honors have included recognition as Crain’s Detroit Business’ “40-Under-40” and dBusiness’ “Thirty in Their 30’s,” both in 2012. Since 2010, he has been chair, board of directors, for Winning Futures, an award-winning, nonprofit organization. It offers school-based mentoring programs and workshops for middle- and high-school students in southeast Michigan.

Rice’s professional associations include the International Facility Management Association, Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.

He was co-chair of the 2014 Walsh College Wine Gala, a fundraiser for student scholarships, and is a member of the College’s Golf Classic committee.

Established in 2004, the Walsh College Foundation serves as the official fundraising arm of the College. The Foundation encourages private giving and ensures the integrity of the College’s philanthropy program. It is staffed by employees of the College and led by volunteers who are business, industry, and community leaders. Walsh alumni comprise 62 percent of the 26-member Foundation Board of Directors.

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) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE, www.iacbe.org). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.