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Walsh College Board of Trustees Appoints Marsha Kelliher President and CEO

The Walsh College Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to appoint Marsha Kelliher as the school’s seventh president and chief executive officer. Ed Gwilt, chairman of the Board of Trustees, made the announcement.

Kelliher brings academic leadership, teaching, business and legal experience to the role. She comes to Walsh from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, where she serves as dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business. She will succeed outgoing president Stephanie W. Bergeron, who announced her retirement last spring. Kelliher will begin her role in April 2017.

“Marsha unites proven experience launching and growing academic programs with a clear vision that will benefit Walsh as we set the standard for business education in southeast Michigan,” Gwilt said. “We are fortunate to have a candidate who so positively represents the qualities of real-world management, practical expertise and confident leadership that we prize.”

Since joining Susquehanna University in 2013, Kelliher spearheaded the development of four new majors, led the redesign of the school’s London program, initiated a Women’s Leadership Symposium in New York, and led the reaffirmation of the Business School’s AACSB accreditation. Previously, she spent 19 years at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, where she held numerous leadership roles, including dean of the School of Management and Business, and oversaw graduate and undergraduate business programs. Under her leadership, six new majors and six new graduate programs were launched, and international programs were expanded, leading to global partnerships and several new minor and degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Kelliher holds a Master of Laws degree in Labor and Employment Law from the University of San Diego and a Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law. Her bachelor’s degree is from Indiana University.

In 1982, Kelliher began her career in the consulting department of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell, & Co. Like many Walsh graduate students, she earned her law degree while working full time, attending most of her classes at night and on weekends. Kelliher is licensed and has practiced law in both Texas and California, and was admitted into the prestigious National Academy of Arbitrators in 2013.

“Walsh College is well-known for its dedication to delivering a focused education rooted in the demands of today’s business world,” Kelliher said. “I look forward to building upon Walsh’s foundation to support the evolution of academic programs and core initiatives, and working closely with faculty and staff to ensure the success of our students across the region and in their careers beyond.”

Kelliher will succeed Bergeron, who was appointed in 2007. Throughout her tenure, Bergeron oversaw the launch of major initiatives and academic programs, such as the Driving Aspirations campaign that raised more than $5 million for scholarships and several programs providing entrepreneurial tools to a variety of targeted groups. She dramatically increased the school’s philanthropy program and more than doubled the number of donor-funded scholarships.

Additionally, Bergeron oversaw the opening of the award-winning Finance Lab and the $15 million transformation of the Troy campus to a state-of-the-art hub of learning and collaboration. Her experience includes 25 years of corporate finance within the automotive industry. Ms. Bergeron has been a longtime member of the Walsh community, including serving as a trustee since 1996; a member of The Walsh College Foundation board of directors since 2004; and chair of the Academic Committee since 2005.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as president and CEO of Walsh College for the past 10 years,” Bergeron said. “I have great faith in the institution, and have been continually surprised and impressed with the caliber and dedication of the faculty, staff, alumni and students themselves. Marsha is taking on the best job in Michigan and will find her role of providing an unmatched education to the business leaders of tomorrow to be very rewarding.”


Founded in 1922, Walsh College is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college. It offers 15 undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. One of the region’s largest business schools and one of Michigan’s top three graduate business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online.

Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation, and other fields. The faculty integrates theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. It includes four Fulbright Scholars, the most of any business school in the state of Michigan. There are about 27,000 alumni, most of whom live or work in Michigan.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs ( accredits specific degree programs.