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Friday, January 15, 2010 - Robert Bobb to Deliver Keyote Address on Jan. 30 at 94th Commencement
 Troy, Michigan, January 14, 2010 – Walsh College will confer an honorary doctor of laws degree upon its keynote speaker, Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager  Robert C. Bobb, at its 94th Commencement ceremonies on January 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Christian Church in Troy. The College will award master’s and bachelor’s degrees to 465 candidates. 

Bobb recently extended his appointment through March 1, 2011 to serve as the Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager. Under the Local Government Fiscal Responsibility Act 72 of 1990, Gov. Jennifer Granholm in March 2009 appointed Bobb to reduce the district’s deficit. He has since extended his mission to improve the district's academic performance and oversee fixing school buildings badly in need of repair. Gov. Granholm has called Bobb “fearless” in his approach and said that Bobb's “zero tolerance approach is exactly what the doctor ordered for Detroit Public Schools.”

Also receiving an Honorary Doctor of Laws is Walsh College Trustee Emeritus Richard E. Czarnecki, Ph.D. Dr. Czarnecki, of Dearborn Heights, was named trustee emeritus in November after serving for ten years as a trustee.

 Troy resident Richard DiBartolomeo, principal in charge of the audit practice for The Rehmann Group, will receive the Walsh College Distinguished Alumni Award.  He earned a Master of Science degree in Finance from Walsh College in 1990.

Addressing the graduate student class is Chelsea Marie Papp of Rochester Hills, who is receiving a Master of Business Administration degree. Addressing the undergraduate class is Anne-Christin Sauerbier of Waterford, Michigan, and Strassberg, Germany, who is receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance.

Walsh College

Walsh College (www.walshcollege.edu) is a private, independent all-business college in southeast Michigan where application and theory are integrated to prepare graduates for successful careers. The College offers upper-division business and technology degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (www.iacbe.org). 

 The Detroit Public Schools

The Detroit Public Schools (http://www.detroit.k12.mi.us/) is the largest public school system in Michigan. The District serves nearly 90,000 students in 172 schools throughout the city of Detroit and is the city’s second largest employer. The district’s mission is to create Centers of Excellence in every school in every neighborhood. The school systems’ administration, teachers and staff have a laser-like focus on creating learning opportunities to prepare children for the 21st Century and ensure they can compete in a global economy. Last year, the district led the state in the number of National Achievement Scholarship winners.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Walsh College
Donna B. Mirabito
Public Relations Coordinator  
dmirabit@walshcollege.edu
248.823.1279
cell: 248.930.1980

Detroit Public Schools
Steve Wasko
Executive Director, Public Relations
steven.wasko@detroitk12.org
313-873-4542
cell: 313-212-5636

Walsh College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). Specific degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org).

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