CFA Institute Grants Walsh Affiliate Status

Walsh one of nine Michigan colleges and universities with this gold standard financial certification

Troy, Mich., June 1, 2020 – The CFA Institute has granted Walsh’s Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program the internationally prestigious recognition of Affiliate status. The CFA Institute is committed to leading the investment profession globally by promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence. According to the CFA Institute website, “An Affiliated University signals to their students and to employers that their curriculum is closely tied to the practice of investment management and is helpful to students preparing for the CFA® Program exams.”

CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) is the “gold standard” certification in the finance and investment fields and is recognized globally. This significant achievement places Walsh’s Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program in the same company with elite colleges and universities around the world, not just the United States. There are 235 CFA affiliate colleges and universities in the United States, including Cornell, Baylor University and The Ohio State University, to name a few.

“The CFA affiliation sets Walsh and its students apart from the competition and opens doors for graduates to move ahead in their careers.” said Walsh Finance Professor William Greshak. “During their time at Walsh, MSF students gain the knowledge and hands-on skills that will be highly applicable in their profession because our curriculum is directly tied to the CFA candidate body of knowledge.” Greshak is one of several Walsh faculty members who are CFAs.

Greshak said that though CFA learning objectives are incorporated into every part of the MSF curriculum, these are not prep courses for actually taking the CFA exam. The exam, which is one of the most rigorous, comprehensive certification exams, takes at least several hundred hours per year of individual study time beyond a degree.

“CFA certification follows the standards of the market,” said John Moore, Ph.D, CPA, professor and chair of Walsh’s finance department. “A CFA-affiliated program, like Walsh’s MSF, is structured to keep students aligned with the most current needs of the industry and employers.”

The CFA’s affiliate recognition also brings scholarship opportunities to Walsh students to take their CFA exam.

This is not Walsh’s first recognition of educational excellence. Other distinctions include one of the Best Online MBA Programs in the U.S., a Tier One Global Online MBA, one of the Best Online Colleges in Michigan, and one of the Best Online Masters of Science in Finance.

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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 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

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (

MICPA Honors Walsh Leadership, Alumni and Students

The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) has announced the 2018 MICPA Award Winners, and many have a Walsh connection. Honorees are recognized for outstanding commitment and leadership, both to the CPA profession and their communities, and will be celebrated at the MICPA Awards Dinner on October 3.

Robert M. Johnson, BAC ’85 and MSF ’92 is the newly elected Chair of the Board. Former Walsh Finance Department Chair Leon C. LaBrecque will receive the Chair’s Service Award. Alan C. Young, MST ’85, will be recognized as the outgoing Chair of the Board and Walsh President Emerita Stephanie Bergeron will be recognized as an outgoing Board Officer. Young’s firm, Alan C. Young & Associates, P.C. will receive the Firm Appreciation Award.

Several additional Walsh alumni will also be recognized:

Bailey Altman, BAC ’11 – Outstanding Task Force, Emerging Leaders
Tony Burdick, MSA ’94 – Outgoing Task Force Chair, Educators
Joanne M. Candela, MSF ’92 – Outstanding High School Teacher
Alex J. Drost, MSF ’16 – Emerging Leader Award; Outstanding Task Force, Emerging Leaders
Paul L. Gimbutis, MAC ’08 – Outstanding Task Force – Emerging Leaders
Victoria A. Mundinger, BAC ’11 – Outstanding Task Force – Emerging Leaders
Bradley P. Perry, MAC ’14 – Outstanding Task Force – Emerging Leaders
Earl J. Poleski, MST ’86 – Outstanding CPA in Government Impact
Jonathan Satterfield, BAC ’16 – Outstanding Task Force – Emerging Leaders
Audrey M. Victor, BAC ’91 – Outgoing Task Force Chair, Federal Tax
Andrew F. Zaleski, MST ’99 – Outgoing Task Force Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions

Current Walsh BAC student Joslyn Le will also be honored as part of the Outstanding Task Force as an Emerging Leader.

“We are so proud of the accomplishments of our alumni in the field of accountancy,” said Walsh President and CEO Marsha Kelliher. “Walsh was founded on our Accountancy program and these individuals are a strong reflection of our values of excellence, integrity and collaboration. We join the MICPA in honoring all of the 2018 award winners.”

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