Walsh College


Thursday, June 01, 2017 - Walsh College Announces Jeffrey C. Littmann as Keynote Speaker and Honorary Doctor of Laws Recipient for 109th Commencement

Walsh College has named Jeffrey C. Littmann as the keynote speaker and honorary Doctor of Laws recipient for its 109th Commencement ceremony, which takes place on Saturday, June 17, at Zion Christian Church in Troy. Littmann is a life trustee and chairman of the board of The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

Jeffrey LittmannThe Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation was funded in 2015. Its charitable mission is to distribute $1.2 billion in four subject matter areas – children and youth; young adults and working class families; caregiving; and healthy communities – in Wilson’s home region of Southeast Michigan and in Western New York, where he spent time as the founder and owner of the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills. The Foundation will continue its spend-down through 2035.

Littmann has held several positions within Ralph C. Wilson Enterprises, including vice president and chief financial officer from 1986-2013, and president from 2014-2015. From 1986-2014, he was a director and the CFO of the Buffalo Bills while also working as the CFO of the Ralph Wilson Equity Fund from 1999-2016. Along with his duties at the Foundation, Littmann is also chairman of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Trust and a director and the treasurer of Interstate Highway Construction, Inc. Littmann also served on the NFL’s Executive Committee and Investment Committee as well as Advisory Committees on Labor and League Economics.

Littmann earned two degrees from Walsh College, a Master of Science in Taxation (’81) and Bachelor of Accountancy (’77), and he maintains a strong relationship with his alma mater. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award at the College’s Leadership Awards Dinner in November 2016. The College’s Leadership Awards Dinner recognizes alumni and local business leaders whose exemplary careers and philanthropic community service mark them as true leaders.

“In the past, Jeff has described his years at Walsh as a ‘game-changer’ for his career and referred to the College as ‘world-class,’” said Audrey Olmstead, vice president and chief development officer, Walsh College. “In our opinion, those words also describe Jeff. Through his work with Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, he is helping to change the lives of the people of Southeast Michigan, and we are so proud to call him a Walsh College alumnus and to welcome him back as the keynote speaker for our 109th Commencement.

“He is a remarkable man and a role model to many of our students who are taking a similar route to achieving their academic goals, beginning with community college, and then completing undergraduate and graduate degrees here at Walsh.”
From 1982-1986, Littmann worked for Arthur Anderson as a tax professional specializing in closely held business entities. He was also a national manager on the firm-wide specialist teams for professional sports, subchapter S corporations, and capital cost recovery. From 1974-1982, Littmann held several financial management positions with Ziebart International, which was engaged in research, manufacturing, franchising distribution, and sales.

In addition to his Walsh College degrees, Littmann earned a Juris Doctor (cum laude) from Detroit College of Law, now the Michigan State University College of Law.

Littmann and his wife, Cynthia, live in Grosse Pointe.