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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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).

Thomas Vincent elected Plunkett Cooney’s new President & CEO

The shareholders of Plunkett Cooney – one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms – have elected their colleague, attorney Thomas P. Vincent, as the firm’s new President and Chief Executive Officer.

An accomplished trial attorney and former Oakland County Prosecutor, Vincent works in the firm’s corporate headquarters in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He succeeds Dennis G. Cowan who returns to the full-time practice of law at Plunkett Cooney and will continue to lead the firm’s Government Affairs Practice Group.

“This is a tremendous honor, and I look forward to the challenge,” said Vincent, who was elected by acclamation to a three-year term, effective Sept. 1. “Plunkett Cooney is an outstanding law firm, and it’s my privilege to help build on our more than a century of service to our clients and community.”

Vincent is a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Torts & Litigation and Labor & Employment Law practice groups. With over 100 cases tried to jury verdict, he is one of the firm’s most experienced trial attorneys with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to financial institutions and their insurance providers. His areas of expertise include commercial litigation, employment litigation, professional liability and general liability.

Prior to joining Plunkett Cooney, Vincent served as Chief Trial Attorney in the Oakland County Prosecutor’s office. He then joined the firm in 1985 and became a shareholder four years later. In 1999, he was elected to serve as a trustee of Plunkett Cooney’s board of directors, a position to which he was re-elected six more times.

In addition to his legal practice, Vincent finds time to give back to several religious and community organizations, including Gesu Parish in Detroit, St. Fabian Catholic Church in Farmington Hills, University of Detroit Jesuit High School, Angela Hospice and Mercy High School.

Licensed to practice in the state and federal courts in Michigan, Vincent received his law degree in 1981 from Michigan State University College of Law. His professional affiliations include the Oakland County Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, American Bar Association and American Association for Justice, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Vincent, who received his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University in 1977, has received several honors, including selection by DBusiness magazine as a Top Lawyer in the areas of business litigation, employment law and general litigation. Martindale-Hubbell, a leading peer review rating service in the legal industry, has honored Vincent with its highest rating of AV-Preeminent. He has also received recognition by Best Lawyers in America and Leading Lawyers for his expertise in the areas of commercial litigation, as well as by Michigan Super Lawyers for his work in the area professional liability.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs nearly 300 employees, including approximately 140 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, as well as Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional and litigation services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. Fortune magazine has also named Plunkett Cooney among the top commercial firms in the United States.

For more information about the election of Thomas P. Vincent as Plunkett Cooney’s new President & CEO, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Dykema Re-Elects Peter Kellett as Chairman/Chief Executive Officer

Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced that Peter Kellett has been re-elected chairman and chief executive officer of the Firm for a second three-year term commencing on January 1, 2015. Kellett has served as chairman and chief executive officer since January 1, 2012.

Kellett previously served the Firm as Litigation Practice Group Leader (2003-2007) and as its Litigation Department Director (2008-2011). Prior to becoming Chair of the Firm, he also served for many years as trial counsel for some of the nation’s largest corporations, enjoying successes in courtrooms across the country and close relationships with many of the Firm’s major clients.

About Peter Kellett

Kellett earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. Upon graduation from law school in 1982, Kellett joined Dykema as an associate in the Litigation Department. In 1986, he joined the legal staff at Dykema client CMI Corporation, a leasing and finance company in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. After the sale of that company in 1987, Kellett co-founded with James P. Feeney a boutique product liability litigation practice in Bloomfield Hills that ultimately grew to 24 lawyers, until 2003 when the majority of that firm joined Dykema. He is an Associate Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a Sustaining Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a life member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and has been regularly recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer.