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Faculty Spotlight: Professor John Naglick, CPA

John Naglick, CPA, is the Chief Deputy CFO/Finance Director for the City of Detroit. He was hired in 2013 for his expertise in helping to turn around financially troubled cities. He was doing the same type of work for the city of Pontiac at the time. He also serves as a board member for the General Retirement System, Police and Fire System, Downtown Development Authority and the Detroit Transportation Corporation, to name a few. He has earned a BBA and MBA, and he is a licensed CPA in the State of Michigan. He has also earned a Certificate in Financial Forensics (CFF) from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. And, by the way, he is also a clinical adjunct associate professor in accounting at Walsh College. He’s been teaching at Walsh for six years.

“When I walk through the doors here, it’s like a whole a new life for me. My other world is out there. In here, maybe I can inspire some students — change someone’s life the same way someone changed mine.”

“When I walk through the doors here, it’s like a whole new life for me. My other world is out there. In here, maybe I can inspire some students — change someone’s life the same way someone changed mine.”

With all he does with the city of Detroit, what motivates him to set the time and energy aside to continue his teaching at Walsh? Well, the reason is so dear to his heart that he can hardly hold back his emotions when he talks about it.

“I went to school at night and had an adjunct faculty member for my first accounting class, and he opened my eyes to all this profession has to offer,” Naglick said. “He made me see accounting in a new way. He changed my life. If I can do that for just one student, change their life, I want to do it.”

Naglick worked in an assortment of high-profile accountancy roles before settling in with AlixPartners, LLP, an international financial advisory consultancy that specialized in turning around companies, or even cities, that were in financial trouble.

“If it is broken, I want to help fix it,” said Naglick.

He takes what he has learned in his travels across the country and brings that knowledge into the classroom at Walsh.

“When I started here at Walsh, I was in the Executive Success Center tutoring students,” he said. “Not everyone gets accounting. Accounting is an art, not a science. You have to use your judgement.”

It didn’t take long for Naglick to get his own classes. He said finding the right combination of storytelling and “teaching to the test” can be tricky. He also said he pays close attention to the teaching surveys that students submit following the classes so make sure he’s staying on point.

“Students like to learn about the real world, but they’re tested on the nuts and bolts. So, it’s a fine line,” Naglick said.

“I’ve taught in other places, but nothing compares to Walsh. Here, your degree has value. You earn your degree here, and you’re better off for it.”





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