Top Business Leaders Lend Their Expertise at Financial Futures Event

Walsh College will host its second annual Financial Futures event highlighting opportunities in the career of finance, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, from 8-9:30. This free event will feature a panel of industry leaders including:

Ryan Drews, CFP, DBA, Director of Investments and Planning, Private Fund
Jeffrey Leithauser, Senior Vice President, Fifth Third Bank
Selena Passano, Financial Management Analyst, US Army
Vince Vitale, CFA, CAIA, President, CFA Society of Detroit.
The event moderator will be John Moore, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of finance at Walsh. When asked why this event is so exciting for students and graduates alike, he stated:

“We all seek rewarding career paths that are challenging, satisfying, and rewarding. This represents an opportunity to hear directly from real-world professionals across different finance backgrounds and at different stages of career development, and provide participants with a practical ‘real world’ perspective on the opportunities and challenges of a career in finance.”

Walsh’s Master of Science in Finance is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute-affiliated program. Which means Curriculum is aligned with the most current practice of investment management. CFA is a globally-recognized certification and considered the “gold standard” in the finance and investment fields.

Cybersecurity Program Awarded: NSA and Homeland Security

Walsh College has again received designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD). Presented by the NSA and Department of Homeland Security, the prestigious CAE-CD designations are valid for three-year intervals and must meet strengthened criteria to receive a re-designation award. Walsh has been at the forefront of cyber defense since 2003 when it became the first school in Michigan and one of the first in the nation to receive this designation.

“Because of the stringent requirements the NSA has for education programs, including hands on learning in cybersecurity, Walsh is particularly proud of maintaining the NSA standards within our IT programs,” says Dave Schippers, Sc.D, CISSP, Associate Professor and Dean of IT/Decision Sciences. “When you combine this with the NSA CAE designation, demonstrating Walsh College’s ongoing commitment to excellence in cybersecurity education you can see the focus we are putting on our student’s future success.”

Cybersecurity is more than the protection of network data; it is about protecting the vast range of equipment now fitted with computers in this information age we live in. Everything from internet-connecting home appliances to vehicles, medical devices, and electrical grids all require protection from malicious attacks.

Cybersecurity requires vigilance and will only grow more important as we move forward into the future. “Your ability to meet the increasing demands of the program validation will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure,” wrote Karen Leuschner, CAE Program Manager, NSA.

Since the best defense against cyber threats are qualified professionals, Walsh launched the nation’s first ever Automotive Cybersecurity degree program in 2017. Walsh has ensured that all four of its IT programs meet the expanding CAE-CD criteria to safeguard complicated cyber infrastructures—offering an invaluable edge to Walsh graduates while playing an integral role in honoring the business of Detroit’s Motor City.

Former U.S. Rep. David Trott Receives Honorary Doctorate From Walsh


Sharon Stanton
Communications Specialist

TROY, Mich., Feb. 1, 2019—David Trott, Former U.S. Representative for Michigan’s Eleventh Congressional District, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws and delivered the keynote address to 345 graduates, their families and friends at Walsh’s 112th commencement ceremony on Jan. 26 at Zion Christian Church in Troy, Michigan.

Trott shared his top ten lessons from 30 years in business and politics, including, “be confident but humble”, “confront your deficiencies” and “call your mother every Sunday.” He also spoke about the importance of compromise and forbearance. “Reagan was the standard in compromise,” said Trott. “He had very little in common with Speaker O’Neil, but every week they met for lunch, and through a series of compromises, got a lot done for our country.”

Distinguished Alumni Alan C. Young (Walsh ’85) also addressed the audience. Young holds a Master of Taxation from Walsh and is the founder, managing director and CEO of Alan C. Young & Associates, one of the top 25 largest CPA firms in metro Detroit according to Crain’s Detroit Business, and one of the largest minority-owned firms in Michigan. Young received the Distinguished Alumni Award in October 2018 at Walsh’s annual Leadership Awards Dinner.

Student speaker Elizabeth Bond DePaoli, Master of Science in Finance graduate, also shared her Walsh story with the audience.

Walsh’s 112th Commencement class included 345 graduates, ages 19 to 68, from eight countries. Several graduates were U.S. veterans, and five individuals were recognized for achieving a cumulative 4.0 grade point average. They join a network of nearly 29,000 alumni, 85 percent of whom live and work in Michigan.

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. For more information, please visit
Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (

Lee Meadows, Ph.D., In-Demand Keynote Speaker

Professor Lee Meadows, Ph.D. is always a favorite among Walsh College students. His schedule is also filled with numerous speaking engagements at local businesses and organizations. As a highly sought-after speaker and presenter, Dr. Meadows combines organizational research with fundamental principles to help today’s managers succeed in an ever-changing work environment.

Upcoming speaking engagements include:

Event: Monthly Meeting of BOMA of Metro Detroit
Hosted by: Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA Detroit)
Topic: Developing strategies to insure long-term retention of talent and best practices for mitigating major threats
When: Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 8am
Where: Glen Oaks Country Club, Farmington Hills

Event: The Annual Small Business Workshop
Hosted by: Hosted by the LEE Group in conjunction with Fifth Third Bank
Topic: Attracting and Retaining Customers
When: Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 8 am – 1pm
Location: TechTown, Detroit

Founded in 1922, Walsh College is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college. It offers 16 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 28,000 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.

Clayton & McKervey manager elected vice president/treasurer of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest -Michigan Chapter

Clayton & McKervey, an international certified public accounting and business advisory firm located in metro Detroit, announces that Gregory M. Schulte, CPA, a manager at the firm, has been elected Vice President/Treasurer for the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest – Michigan Chapter (GACC-MI). He has been involved with GACC-MI since 2015 and previously served as Vice President/Membership.

At Clayton & McKervey, Schulte is a manager in the Small and Mid-Sized Entities (SME) practice, offering accounting, consulting and business advisory services to SMEs in the U.S. and abroad. Conversational in German, and with 15 years of experience in a family-owned tool and die company, Schulte’s client base includes several closely-held German businesses who share a culture and philosophy that is second-nature to him. Schulte is also an adjunct professor of accounting at Walsh College, where he helps students obtain the skills necessary to to use accounting as a business analysis tool.

Schulte holds a Master of Science in Accountancy from Walsh College, a Master of Arts in Communications from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Arizona State University.

About the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest – MI Chapter
The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest – Michigan Chapter is a non-profit membership organization that encourages trade and investment between Germany and Michigan, and forms a part of the worldwide network of Chambers of Industry and Commerce based in Germany. The Michigan Chapter was formed in 1994 and, with more than 300 members, represents the largest membership of any State in the United States

About Clayton & McKervey
Clayton & McKervey is a full-service CPA firm helping middle-market entrepreneurial companies compete in the global marketplace. The firm is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout the world. To learn more, visit


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 will Launch New Cybersecurity Concentration at Graduate-Degree Level in January 2016; Related Webinar also Planned

TROY, Mich., December 4, 2015 – Walsh College will offer a new cybersecurity concentration in its highly regarded Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) degree program in January 2016 to meet the increased demand for advanced education in this growing IT specialization.

Separately, a free webinar titled “Next Generation Cyber Warriors – Cyber 4.0” is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 20, 2016. It is available to the public, but registration is required at Spaces are limited.

Here are details for the programs.

Cybersecurity Concentration:
A new cybersecurity concentration has been added to the graduate MSIT program. This program is unique as it maps to several external standards. The standards include Department of Defense directive 8570, the National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence course requirements, and the Department of Homeland Security NICE Framework, which make the program a first in the southeast Michigan educational market.

Cybersecurity courses include Fundamentals of Cybersecurity; Security Program Management; Business Continuity; Resiliency and Crisis Management; Threats, Vulnerabilities, Controls, and Countermeasures; Intelligence Analysis Tools and Techniques; Social, Political, and Cultural Impacts of Cybersecurity; and Current Issues in Cybersecurity.

This program is focused on preparing the next generation cybersecurity professionals. Students will develop the ability to employ information technology and cybersecurity knowledge and skills for tactical and strategic advantage. They will also apply critical, strategic, ethical, and innovative thinking to achieve results-oriented organizational goals.

“The future of cybersecurity and the number of trained people needed to protect and defend information systems on which businesses depend are growing exponentially,” said Barbara Ciaramitaro, Ph.D., lead professor, Information Technology and Cybersecurity. “Both students and employers are demanding greater emphasis on cybersecurity in IT education programs to meet the growing need in the marketplace.”

The Wednesday, January 20 Cybersecurity webinar will feature Dr. Ciaramitaro discussing how the next generation of “cyber warriors” will be educated and prepared.

“In the past, cyber professionals have focused primarily on waiting for an attack to happen and then responding to it and cleaning up the damage. This passive posture is no longer adequate,” said Dr. Ciaramitaro. “The attacks are now challenging every aspect of our lives.”

She added that a new generation of cyber warriors views action and intelligence as the primary methods for shortcutting attacks and minimizing their potential danger.

The concentration and related seminar enhance Walsh College’s demonstrated leadership in the field through its Center for Cybersecurity Leadership (CCL).

The CCL, one of four Walsh College research centers, was established through collaboration between the Management and Information Technology Departments of Walsh College with strong support from business, military, and government leaders.

Interested students should visit for program updates or contact or 248-823-1610. For additional information on Walsh College, visit

Walsh College to Waive its Application Fee for Future Business Students During “Walk-In Wednesdays” in December

Walsh College, a leading all-business college and one of Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, will waive its normal $35 fee for future students who apply for admission during “Walk-In Wednesdays” in December at its locations in Troy, Novi, and Clinton Township.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. each Wednesday, except for December 23 when the College is closed.

Future students may bring their college transcripts, meet with an admissions or academic advisor without an appointment, and discuss Walsh’s undergraduate and graduate business and information technology programs, as well as the admission process.

Attendees will also learn about student services, financial aid, student life, career services, and other Walsh College information.

Undergraduate programs offered at Walsh, a business education leader in the Detroit-area since 1922, include Bachelor of Accountancy, Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in Accounting Processes, Finance, General Business, Management, Marketing; and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

Graduate programs include Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Accountancy (MAC), Master of Science in Finance (MSF), Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT), Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership (MSITL), Master of Science in Management (MSM), Master of Science in Marketing (MSMKT), and Master of Science in Taxation (MST).

Dual-degree options include MBA/MSF, MBA/MSITL, MBA/MSM, and MBA/MSMKT

“We invite future students to learn more about Walsh in this one-on-one environment. As a bonus, we will waive the application fee for students ready to begin our business programs, which are valued by students and area employers alike,” said Heather Rigby, director, Admissions and Academic Advising. “We offer fully accredited degrees at the bachelor and master level, as well as graduate-level certificates.”

Walsh College is located at 3838 Livernois, Troy; 41500 Gardenbrook, Novi; and University Center 1, Office 202A, 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township.

For more information, visit, or call 1-800-WALSH-01.

Walsh Leadership Center, Michigan Business and Professional Association Sign Collaboration Agreement

Walsh College and the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) have entered into an agreement to transfer affinity groups and select small- and family-business training events coordinated by the Walsh Institute Leadership Center to the MBPA, according to Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College, and Jennifer Kluge, CEO, MBPA.

With the agreement, MBPA gains new programming for training, events and experience-sharing for its members. Walsh College will continue to offer specific educational resources and meeting space to MBPA.

Both Walsh and MBPA will work together and expand their individual resources in connection with group presentations and sponsorships.

The transfer is effective January 1, 2016. Jan Hubbard, director, Walsh Institute Leadership Center, moved to the MBPA effective November 30, 2015 and has been named executive director, MichBusiness.

MBPA has a long history as a member service organization with systems in place for greater efficiencies.

“We are very excited to bring affinity groups to our MichBusiness initiative. We recognize the value of peer-to-peer learning,” said Kluge.

“We welcome the Walsh groups to MBPA and hope to create many new groups for HR professionals, family businesses, food industry professionals, and women in business,” she added.

“Walsh College is pleased with this arrangement with MBPA,” said Bergeron. “We believe it best serves our valued constituencies, and we look forward to collaborating on future programs.”

Hubbard joins MBPA after 15 years in various roles at Walsh. She is a veteran of the non-profit industry, starting in Washington, D.C. with The American Advertising Federation, where she was communications director, then with the Advertising Club of Washington, D.C., as executive director.

Returning to her home state of Michigan in 1988, she was appointed director, Marketing and Communications, for the United Way of Oakland County. During her 13 years at United Way, Hubbard was a resource and a recognized leader for innovative initiatives.

She is a 25-year member of the Public Relations Society of America and a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Hubbard holds a B.A. in Communications from Western Michigan University and has completed graduate work in Strategic Leadership at Walsh College.

A celebration of the agreement is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Andiamo restaurant, Bloomfield Township, Mich. Media representatives are welcome to attend.

For more information on Walsh College, visit Visit for more information on MBPA.

The Attacks on Paris: Understanding Terrorism, Its Origins, and Future Implications. Hosted by Walsh College.

Walsh College Professor Richard Chasdi, Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert on global terrorism studies, will present an informational session on “The Attacks on Paris: Understanding Terrorism, Its Origins, and Future Implications” from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, November 19, 2015, at the College’s Troy campus.

Dr. Chasdi will discuss the definition of terrorism, the origins of al-Qaeda and ISIS, the threat, and a prognosis. The event is free and open to the public but seats are limited. Registration is required at

A question-and-answer session will follow. Sheila Ronis, Ph.D., professor and chair, Management, and director of the Walsh College Center for Complex and Strategic Decisions (CCSD), and Barbara Ciaramitaro, Ph.D., lead professor, Information Technology and Cybersecurity, and director of the Walsh College Center for Cybersecurity Leadership, will also participate.

Dr. Chasdi has a long, distinguished career in consulting and international problem-solving in the security arena, in particular international conflict resolution and mediation. He is an internationally recognized specialist in terrorism and counter-terrorism studies. His research interests include multinational corporations’ security in an increasingly globalized world.

A member of the Walsh College Management faculty since September 2013, Dr. Chasdi authored the book “Counterterror Offensives for the Ghost War World,” among other books and articles. It contains a chapter on French terrorism and authorities’ responses to it.
His book, “Serenade of Suffering: A Portrait of Middle East Terrorism, 1968-1993” received Choice magazine’s “Outstanding Academic Title” in 2000 in the field of international relations. Another book, “Tapestry of Terror: A Portrait of Middle East Terrorism,” 1994-1999 was one of five books about Algeria listed in the Times of London in 2003 in “All You Need to Read.”
Dr. Chasdi is a member of the editorial board of Armed Forces and Society, and a member of the editorial board of the on-line journal, “Perspectives on Terrorism: A Journal of the Terrorism Research Initiative.” He has also served as a member of the international advisory board for Terrorism: An Electronic Journal. He is also affiliated with the Walsh College CCSD.
Dr. Chasdi holds a special term appointment with Argonne National Laboratory, University of Chicago. He is also an associate member at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago.

He holds a B.A. degree from Brandeis University, a M.A.from Boston College, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in Political Science.

Dr. Ciaramitaro earned her Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Information Systems with a post-doctoral certificate in Information Security. She earned her Master of Science in Software Engineering Administration from Central Michigan University and her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Wayne State University.

Dr. Ronis is a Fulbright Specialist Scholar and has written oredited six books including proceedings from conferences she has chaired at the National Defense University. Her B.S. is in physics, mathematics, and education, and her M.A. and Ph.D. are in social system behavior from The Ohio State University.

For more information about Walsh College, visit For more information about the Walsh College CCSD and CCL Research Centers, visit