Walsh and Kettering University Introduce Tech MBA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 15, 2020

TROY, Mich.— Walsh and Kettering University have come together to launch the Walsh/Kettering Tech MBA, an interdisciplinary program combining Walsh’s internationally-ranked master of business administration (MBA) with a technology leadership certificate from the renowned Kettering University. Applicants must have an undergraduate or higher degree in applied mathematics, computer science, engineering or physics and applications are currently being accepted.

“Walsh and Kettering are a great fit to offer this unique and powerful program. The Tech MBA offers a valuable graduate credential for those with STEM undergraduate degrees interested in advancing their careers in technology leadership,” said Michael Levens, Ph.D., president and CEO, Walsh.

The Walsh/Kettering Tech MBA prepares graduates for senior leadership in a wide variety of technical fields. Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available.

“We are excited to partner with Walsh as it shares our commitment to providing unique, high-demand and valuable opportunities and experiences for professional students to succeed in business and industry,” said Kettering University President Dr. Robert K. McMahan.

For more information, visit walshcollege.edu/walsh-kettering-tech-mba

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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 internationally and 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 KETTERING UNIVERSITY
Kettering University, formerly known as GMI, is a Flint, Michigan-based private, nonprofit university recognized as one of the nation’s premier science, technology, engineering and business leaders in higher education. Dedicated to offering a curriculum that uniquely integrates classroom learning with experiential co-operative opportunities, Kettering consistently ranks in U.S. News & World Report’s listing for elite specialty schools. The University has more than 27,000 square feet of lab and research space used by faculty, students and industry collaborators, and boasts the only ABET-accredited applied physics program in the world. It also houses the first and only FIRST Robotics Community Center on a college campus in the United States. According to a 2019 analysis of federal data ranking 4,500 schools nationwide, Kettering University degree holders have the highest lifetime return on investment (ROI) in the state of Michigan. The University celebrated its centennial year in 2019. For more information, go to kettering.edu.

Walsh Giving Day Exceeds Fundraising Goal for Student Support

TROY, Mich., Sept. 4, 2020 — On Aug. 26, 2020, Walsh raised more than $63,000 during the inaugural Walsh Giving Day, exceeding fundraising goals and benefiting critical student programs including the Student Emergency Assistance Fund, which supports students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since Mar. 15, 2020, more than $129,000 has been raised exclusively for the Student Emergency Assistance Fund.

Wash Giving Day featured several virtual events including an interview with newly-appointed president and CEO Michael Levens, Ph.D., and Ask-Me-Anything with Walsh alumnus Jerry Schafer, BAC ’75, retired corporate vice president of worldwide development at McDonald’s Corporation and past interim president and CEO of Walsh. The day ended with Conversations with Leaders 2020: What’s Next? A Look at Markets, Economy and Elections, which featured John Moore, Ph.D., Walsh professor and chair of finance and economics and Leon LaBrecque, JD, CPA, CFP, CFA, chief growth officer at Sequoia Financial and was moderated by Chad Livengood of Crain’s Detroit Business.

“It is through the generous support of Walsh alumni and friends that we are able to provide financial relief for students impacted by COVID-19, offer student scholarships, provide free tutoring and support student organizations,” said Levens. “This Giving Day, those alumni and friends rose to the challenge and are helping students continue toward their educational goals.”

Walsh Giving Day was sponsored in part by Comerica, Dynamic Marketing (and Walsh alumnus Dan Lixie), The Frank & Helen Gofrank Foundation (and Shirley Gofrank, former Walsh Trustee and alumna); Plastipak Holdings (with special thanks to Walsh alumnus, Michael Plotzke, CFO and Chairman of the Walsh Board of Trustees); Genisys Credit Union (and alumna Jackie Buchanan, President and CEO); The George Seifert & Elizabeth Seifert Foundation; and Polk & Associates.

For more information on Walsh Giving Day, please visit walshcollege.edu/givingday.

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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 internationally and 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).

Walsh Appoints Suzanne Siegle Provost and Executive Vice President

TROY, Mich., Sept. 3, 2020 – Walsh President and CEO Michael Levens, Ph.D., has announced the appointment of Suzanne M. Siegle, Ed.D., J.D., as provost and executive vice president effective Sept. 14, 2020. As provost, Siegle will oversee faculty, academic administration and support services, online and remote learning, library services and institutional research.

“Dr. Siegle is a dynamic leader who brings extensive experience and knowledge in education, law and business, with a pulse on the needs of students,” said Levens. “Her creative approach and experience will be instrumental in guiding our academic programs and services in an ever-changing higher education environment, ensuring Walsh continues to meet the needs of students and business partners.“

Siegle joins Walsh from Concordia University, Ann Arbor where she most recently served as the assistant vice president for legal affairs and operations, campus dean for the Haab School of Business and professor of business and leadership.

Siegle’s academic and professional experience combine business, law and higher education, specifically focusing on the value and importance of a business education in today’s world. While at Concordia, she launched and grew both its undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs and founded CULaunch!, an annual pitch event for aspiring entrepreneurs to compete for startup seed money. Siegle also oversaw the growth and development of a one-year master of science in leadership and an advanced standing professional MBA program.

A licensed attorney, Siegle has experience in business law, real estate, technology transfer, intellectual property, higher education law, risk management, Title IX compliance and corporate insurance.

Siegle’s research and scholarship encompass locus of control and leadership effectiveness, positive organizational psychology and the entrepreneurial mindset. She is the founder of the research firm LOCUS Mindset and regularly presents her research at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters and the Michigan Ross School of Business Center for Positive Organizations, where she is a member of the community of scholars.

Siegle holds a doctorate in higher education leadership and management from Regent University, where her dissertation focused on alternative and innovative operating models for higher education in the 21st century. She earned her juris doctor from Ave Maria School of Law, an MBA from Western Governor’s University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

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

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 internationally and 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).

Thought Leaders Leon LeBrecque and John Moore, Ph.D., Discuss Economy Ahead of Election

For immediate release:

MEDIA ALERT

Thought Leaders Leon LeBrecque and John Moore, Ph.D., Discuss Economy Ahead of Election

What:
“2020: What’s Next? A Look at Marketing, Economy and Elections”

Financial thought leaders Leon LaBrecque and Dr. John Moore will discuss the state of the economy including the current inflation vector, federal balance sheet, federal debt trajectory, potential deficit solutions and other relevant topics ahead of the presidential election.

The event is one of several virtual activities planned to celebrate the inaugural Walsh Giving Day, which support programs and funds benefiting Walsh students.

Who:
Speakers:
Leon LaBrecque, JD, CPA, CFP, CFA, Chief Growth Officer at Sequoia Financial
John Moore, Ph.D., CPA, Chair and Professor of Economics and Finance, Walsh

Moderator:
Chad Livengood, Senior Editor of Politics, Policy and Detroit Rising, Crain’s Detroit Business.

Why:
The impact of COVID-19 on the economy and the upcoming presidential election are timely and relevant topics. This discussion will offer expert commentary on key issues and potential solutions from a financial perspective.

Who should attend:
This event is free to attend and available to all. Advanced registration is required. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu/givingday.

When:
Wednesday, August 26 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Where:
Virtual event via Zoom

Media contact:
Sharon Stanton
Communications Manager
248-823-1360
sstanton@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 internationally and 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).

Thought Leaders Leon LeBrecque and John Moore, Ph.D., Discuss Economy Ahead of Election

For immediate release:

MEDIA ALERT

Thought Leaders Leon LeBrecque and John Moore, Ph.D., Discuss Economy Ahead of Election

What:
“2020: What’s Next? A Look at Marketing, Economy and Elections”

Financial thought leaders Leon LaBrecque and Dr. John Moore will discuss the state of the economy including the current inflation vector, federal balance sheet, federal debt trajectory, potential deficit solutions and other relevant topics ahead of the presidential election.

The event is one of several virtual activities planned to celebrate the inaugural Walsh Giving Day, which support programs and funds benefiting Walsh students.

Who:
Speakers:
Leon LaBrecque, JD, CPA, CFP, CFA, Chief Growth Officer at Sequoia Financial
John Moore, Ph.D., CPA, Chair and Professor of Economics and Finance, Walsh

Moderator:
Chad Livengood, Senior Editor of Politics, Policy and Detroit Rising, Crain’s Detroit Business.

Why:
The impact of COVID-19 on the economy and the upcoming presidential election are timely and relevant topics. This discussion will offer expert commentary on key issues and potential solutions from a financial perspective.

Who should attend:
This event is free to attend and available to all. Advanced registration is required. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu/givingday.

When:
Wednesday, August 26 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Where:
Virtual event via Zoom

Media contact:
Sharon Stanton
Communications Manager
248-823-1360
sstanton@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 internationally and 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).

Walsh Names Michael Levens, Ph.D., as President and CEO

TROY, Mich., Aug. 17, 2020 — The Walsh Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Michael Levens, Ph.D., as Walsh’s eighth president and CEO, effective Aug. 1, 2020. Levens previously served as Walsh’s interim provost and professor and academic chair of the marketing department.

Levens brings both academic and business experience to his role. Prior to joining Walsh in 2006, Levens held several senior leadership positions at General Motors, working in research, product development and brand management for brands including OnStar and Saab among others. Levens is a Fulbright Scholar and has a post-doctoral qualification from Tulane University, a Ph.D. from Capella University, an MBA from Bond University in Australia and a bachelor of science from Kettering University.

Levens’ textbook, “Marketing: Defined, Explained, Applied,” is in its 3rd edition and has been used by more than 200 colleges and universities worldwide. He has worked on more than 100 research projects internationally and is a Fulbright peer reviewer, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a member of the Scientific Committee of the annual international conference “Emerging Trends in Economics, Culture and Humanities.”

“President Levens’ blend of academic and business leadership experience mirror Walsh’s mission to provide an education combining theory, application and professional experience. We welcome his leadership during this unique time in our history as we approach the 100th anniversary of our founding,” said Michael Plotzke, chair of the Walsh Board of Trustees and double alumnus.

Gerald Schafer served as interim president and CEO from March 1 until July 31, 2020.

For more information about Walsh, 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 internationally and 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).

Walsh Foundation Appoints Vicki Kamenova to Board of Directors

TROY, Mich., Aug. 5, 2020 —The Walsh Foundation announces the appointment of Vicki E. Kamenova, Partner/Principal in Ernst & Young’s cybersecurity practice, to its Board of Directors. Kamenova is a double Walsh alumna, earning her bachelor of business administration in computer information systems in 2004 and a master of science in information assurance in 2010.

Born and raised in Bulgaria, Kamenova immigrated to the United States in 1999 and is considered a leader in her field. She is a strong advocate for engaging women in the information technology field and encouraging them to explore and pursue STEM career opportunities. She also volunteers with the Walsh’s mentor program and was recently named a Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade.

“We are pleased to welcome Ms. Kamenova to the Walsh Foundation Board of Directors,” said Susan Foley, Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer at Walsh. “She is a trailblazer in her field and an engaged member of our alumni network. We look forward to her input as we continue transforming lives through education.”

The Walsh Foundation Board fosters private and public philanthropic support for strategic educational initiatives at Walsh while ensuring the integrity of the philanthropy program. It is staffed by Walsh employees and led by volunteers who are business, community and industry leaders.

For more information about the Walsh Foundation, visit foundation.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 internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, data analytics, 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).

Walsh Hosts Virtual Master’s in IT Info Sessions

TROY, Mich., July 24, 2020 — Walsh will host informational webinars about graduate technology programs on July 28 from 12-1 p.m. and Aug. 5 from 6-7 p.m. Sessions will include an informational overview of the Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) and the Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership (MSITL) and a Q&A session with IT/Decision Sciences chair Dave Schippers, Sc.D., and professor Terri Richards, Ph.D.

Advanced registration is recommended.

The MSIT was named one of 2020’s Best Online Cybersecurity Master’s Degree Programs by Student Training in Education and Public Service (STEPS) and recently ranked at no. 2 on the list of Top 20 Master’s in Information Technology by CyberSecurityMastersDegree.org. Walsh was one of the first schools in Michigan to be recognized as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense and its information technology programs align with Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security NICE Framework Standards.

To register to attend a Walsh master’s in IT info session, visit walshcollege.edu/new-student-events

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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 internationally and 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).

Accreditation of Walsh Business Programs Reaffirmed by ACBSP

TROY, Mich., July 23, 2020 —Walsh has achieved reaffirmation of the accreditation of its business programs by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners.

ACBSP accreditation evaluates aspects of leadership, strategic planning, relationships with stakeholders, quality of academic programs, faculty credentials and educational support to determine whether or not an institution’s business programs offer a rigorous educational experience and demonstrate continuous quality improvement. It certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the business programs offered at Walsh meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.

“Walsh’s ACBSP accreditation aligns with our mission to provide a transformative business education combining theory, application and professional experience to prepare graduates for successful careers. We look forward to continuing to uphold these standards of excellence in everything we do,” said Michael Levens, Ph.D., interim provost, chair and professor of marketing.

“This reaffirmation of accreditation is evidence that Walsh is committed to maintaining the highest quality business education for their students for the next 10 years, just as they have done for the last decade,” said ACBSP chief accreditation officer Steve Parscale, Ph.D.

Walsh’s undergraduate and graduate business programs were first accredited by ACBSP in 2010. Institutions must undergo the reaffirmation process every 10 years to maintain ACBSP accreditation. Walsh’s next reaffirmation of accreditation will take place in 2030.

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 and graduate 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 internationally and 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 ACBSP
ACBSP, www.acbsp.org, is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education. ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize teaching excellence in the accreditation of business education programs throughout the world. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in 2001 and again in 2011, ACBSP was the first to offer specialized business accreditation at all degree levels. ACBSP currently accredits business programs at nearly 1,200 campuses in 63 countries.

Walsh Hosts Virtual Admissions Events for Prospective Students

TROY, Mich., July 7, 2020 — Walsh will host virtual, interactive information sessions for prospective students on several dates between July and November. Admissions and academic advisors will be available virtually or by phone to answer questions, help students select a degree path based on career goals and walk prospective students through the transfer and application processes. Advanced registration is recommended for all events.

Waiver Wednesdays are every Wednesday in August and September from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Students can meet with an admissions or academic advisor and application fees will be waived.

Transfer Student Information Sessions provide an overview of Walsh’s easy transfer process, including how to transfer up to 91 credits toward a bachelor’s degree (July 14, Aug. 6, Sep. 9, Oct. 8 and Nov. 13).

In March, Walsh transitioned all exams, courses and student services to 100% remote delivery, which has continued during the spring and summer semesters. This fall, students will have flexibility to choose to attend classes on ground, online or a hybrid option combining online and on-ground attendance. Walsh is following federal and state guidelines to ensure students can continue their education safely and without interruption.

For more information about Walsh’s virtual admissions events, visit www.walshcollege.edu/admissions-events

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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).