Walsh College Welcomes Returning Fulbright Scholar Gilkey

Susan J. Gilkey, Ph.D., associate professor and clinical faculty member, Management, Walsh College, has returned to campus after service late last year as a Fulbright Scholar at the Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie in Rabat, Morocco.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided the opportunity for students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists to study, teach, and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Dr. Gilkey’s primary lecture focus during her month-long tenure in Morocco in 2014 was cross-cultural leadership behaviors. At Walsh, she has taught classes at the master and undergraduate levels in subject areas such as ethics, leadership, strategic management, foundations of international business, and production and operations management.

“The student population in Morocco is very diverse, with French, Spanish, and Arabic influences,” said Dr. Gilkey, Walsh’s fourth Fulbright Scholar. “The students enjoyed our engagement in the topic of leadership. It was also rewarding to meet with doctoral students to discuss their research topics and tools.”

She added that there was particular interest in the relationships between manufacturing, agriculture, and the service sectors.

Dr. Gilkey sought the position in Morocco as a capstone to a lifetime of global travels. “All of those experiences have been helpful in providing a relevant, contemporary context to global business practices here at Walsh,” she said.

Dr. Gilkey holds three degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Management and organizational development from Spring Arbor University; an Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University; and a doctorate in organizational psychology from Capella University.

Prior to joining the Walsh faculty, Dr. Gilkey spent more than 27 years in the automotive industry at General Motors (GM), as well as organizational consulting experiences in executive assessments and career transition consulting.

In product development at GM, she served as an interior appearance engineer, executive business manager, strategic business planner, prototype studio manager, and vehicle architecture coordinator.

Dr. Gilkey also instructed on organizational training topics such as change management, benchmarking, process evaluation and improvement, problem resolution, and team building.

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Walsh College Names Sanderson to Chair Accounting, Business Law, and Taxation Department

Jennifer C. Sanderson of Macomb, Mich., a 25-year accounting professional and a faculty member at Walsh College since 2006, has been named chair, Accounting, Business Law, and Taxation (ABLT) Department, at the College. Her appointment is effective with the start of the 2014-15 academic year.

A former tax principal at Rehmann, Sanderson replaces Daniel S. Hoops, who resigned the post to concentrate more fully on his faculty duties as an associate professor at Walsh. Hoops has been engaged in the practice of law and business consulting since 1995 and joined Walsh in 2008.

“Dan has done a tremendous job as chair and his dedication to Walsh and its students is boundless,” said Dr. David Shields, executive vice president and chief academic officer. “We look forward to his continuing contributions and energy as a faculty colleague.”

He added, “We’re fortunate to have Jennifer ready to step into the important role as ABLT chair. Her wealth of professional and teaching experience aligns perfectly with Walsh’s great reputation for practical business education and academic rigor.”

Sanderson earned her bachelor of business administration in accounting from Western Michigan University in 1988 and an master of science in taxation from American University in 1996. Her professional expertise includes manufacturing, leasing, real estate, and tax consulting.

Sanderson is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Hoops received a BMA degree with a major in trumpet performance from the University of Michigan in 1991. He earned a J.D. degree cum laude from the Michigan State University School of Law (formerly Detroit College of Law) in 1994, and an LL.M. in estate planning from the University of Miami School of Law in 1995. His professional expertise includes tax law, estate planning, ethics, and business consulting.

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