Walsh Leadership Awards Dinner Exceeds Fundraising Goal

TROY, Mich., October 19, 2018 —Fundraising that exceeded expectations, moving testimonials from Walsh scholarship recipients and the presentation of an inaugural award, the President’s Award for Outstanding Partner in Education, to the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation, highlighted Walsh’s 2018 Leadership Awards Dinner on October 11 at the Townsend Hotel.

Nearly 300 guests, including Senator Marty Knollenberg and Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson, attended the Leadership Awards Dinner, which was emceed by Brad Galli of WXYZ-TV. Sponsors included Presenting Sponsor Chemical Bank and Platinum Sponsor Plastipak.

Merrill Lynch kicked off scholarship fundraising with a matching gift challenge, which was met and then exceeded by another matching challenge from the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation. Chemical Financial Corporation President and CEO David Provost then spontaneously announced a gift from Chemical Financial to meet the stretch goal for the evening. In total, attendees raised more than $90,000 to fund two new full-ride scholarships and add to the Jeffery W. Barry Endowed Scholarship and the Leadership Awards Endowed Scholarship.

Other awards of the evening included Walsh Distinguished Lifetime Service honoree Richard Aginian, Walsh Trustee and Retired President & Publisher, Observer & Eccentric Newspapers; David Provost, President and CEO, Chemical Financial Corporation, for the Jeffery W. Barry Award for Educational Excellence & Community Service and Alan C. Young (MST, Walsh ’85), Founder, Managing Director & CEO, Alan C. Young & Associates, P.C., for the Walsh Distinguished Alumni Award.

A live auction included two original works created during the event by speed painter Jared Emerson. Raffle prizes included custom-designed jewelry from Astrein’s Jeweler and an overnight stay in the Presidential Suite at The Townsend Hotel. Since it began in 2000, Walsh’s Leadership Awards Dinner has raised more than $1.5 million in scholarship funds.


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, Farmington Hills 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 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 College Earns Vets Recognition, Hosts Traveling Memorial

Walsh College is one of 64 select national institutions ranked on the “Best for Vets: Business Schools 2014” list of colleges that provide high-level service for active duty and veteran military men and women by Military Times magazine.

The selection process considers the school’s culture, student support, academic outcomes and quality, academic policies and cost.

“The rigorous selection process and the caliber of the survey from a respected military publication make this an exceptional honor,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College. “Veterans and other military members bring unique perspectives, experiences, and viewpoints to our student body and faculty that enrich business education for everyone.”

Added Lauren Mileto, veteran services coordinator, “Vets and their families rely on Military Times to provide objective, honest recommendations based on their best interests. Walsh is proud to provide our vets with a high level of service.”

The complete “Best for Vets Business College” list is published in the March issue of Military Times EDGE magazine, as well as in print and online at MilitaryTimes.com, ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com, and MarineCorpsTimes.com.

Walsh sponsors a Military Grant for all active duty or reserve members of the U.S. Armed Forces. When this grant is used with Military Tuition Assistance, it covers all undergraduate tuition costs or a significant portion of graduate tuition costs.

Traveling Memorial

In addition, Walsh College will be hosting the Michigan Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at its Troy Campus.

The public is welcome on-campus to view the memorial, learn about Vietnam’s place in our nation’s history and remember those military members who gave their lives for freedom in the Vietnam War.

Michael Rinkus, veteran, associate professor, Finance, at Walsh, and advisor, Walsh College Student Veteran Organization, will speak at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on Walsh’s Veteran Services, visit www.walshcollege.edu/veterans, email veterans@walshcollege.edu, or call (248)-823-1660.

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) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE, www.iacbe.org). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.