Walsh College
1922
  • Mervyn Walsh leaves his job as Thomas Edison’s accountant to buy a franchise to teach the Pace Method of Accounting. He opens the Walsh Institute in Detroit’s Capitol Theater on September 18
  • Twenty-three students enroll. Tuition is $60 a semester.
1928
  • Enrollment reaches 286 students.
  • Seven graduates organize the Walsh Institute Alumni Association
1930
  • Alumna Grace Dimmer becomes Michigan’s first woman to earn the CPA designation.
1947
  • Walsh Institute marks its 25th anniversary
  • Enrollment reaches 1,508, in part due to the GI Bill of Rights.
1965
  • William C. Stewart becomes the Institute’s president on the retirement of Mervyn Walsh.
  • Walsh trustees determine that the Walsh Institute will change its educational charter by having its own building, offering an accounting curriculum approved by the State Board of Accountancy, and receiving State Board of Education approval
1968
  • Walsh Institute is renamed Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration, an upper-division college offering coursework for juniors and seniors who have finished two years at community colleges and four-year institutions.
  • The College purchases 20 acres of farmland from Morris Wattles for a new campus in Troy
1969
  • Ground is broken for a new 10,000-square-foot campus in Troy.
1970
  • The College names Jeffery W. Barry as its third president.
  • The Troy campus opens.
  • The State of Michigan authorizes Walsh College to grant degrees.
1973
  • The College adds a Bachelor of Business Administrations degree.
1974
  • Walsh offers its first graduate degree: a Master of Science in Taxation
  • A 7,400--square-foot addition to the Troy campus triples the size of the library and adds two lecture halls, a bookstore, and a student lounge.
1975
  • The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) accredits Walsh College degree programs.
1978
  • The College opens a Port Huron campus and expands the Troy campus.

1980 

  • The Master of Science in Professional Accountancy (now the Master of Science in Accountancy) is offered.

1982 

  • The College adds the Computer-based Information Systems major to the BBA program.
  • Walsh marks its 60th anniversary.

1984

  • Mervyn B. Walsh, the Walsh Institute founder, dies at the age of 93.

1986 

  • The College offers extension courses at Macomb Community College, Royal Oak Shrine High School, and Detroit’s Renaissance Center.
  • Walsh offers a Master of Science in Finance degree.

1988 

  • Marketing is offered as a new major in the BBA program.
1989
  • A Master of Science degree in Management is offered for the first time.
  • A capital campaign is launched to increase the scholarship program and the size of the facility.
1990
  • A 4.2 million addition to the Troy campus is completed. It includes a cafeteria, a computer lab, and faculty and administrative space, among others.
1991
  • The College names David A. Spencer the fourth president upon the retirement of Jeffery Barry.
  • Walsh begins offering courses at the Macomb Community College University Center in Clinton Township.
1992
  • Four Walsh College women are among the top 100 scorers on the CPA exam in the United States.
  • Eija Roulson, MSPA ’93, earns the highest score on the Michigan CPA exam and the second highest score in the United States.
1993
  • After surveying students, faculty, community leaders, and business owners, Walsh administrators decide to build a new campus in Novi.
1996
  • In response to changing workplace needs, Walsh offers a Master of Science in Information Technology and Communication degree
1997
  • Walsh College observes its 75th anniversary with business discussions and speakers, a book entitled “The History of Walsh College,” a dinner, and a homecoming at the Troy campus coinciding with the day of the first Walsh Institute lecture.
1998
  • The College opens a campus in Novi, launches an MBA degree, and offers its first online courses.
1999
  • Keith A. Pretty becomes the College’s fifth president.
2000
  • The College launches a long-range strategic action plan to see it through the next century.
  • A Master of Arts in Economics and a Master of Science in Business Information Technology are offered.
2001
  • The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association reaffirms the College’s accreditation and allows the College to offer fully online degree programs.
2002
  • The College revises the Accounting program to fulfill the 150 hours of instruction required by the State Board of Certified Public Accountants and allows accounting students to receive both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  • The Michigan Association of CPAs names Accounting Department Chair Richard D. Berschback "Educator of the Year."
2003
  • The National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security designate Walsh as a Center of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance Education for mapping curriculum to government standards.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology and the Master of Science in Managing Manufacturing Operations degrees are offered.
2004
  • The Walsh College Foundation is officially formed for the acceptance of charitable gifts.
2005
  • The Master of Science in Information Assurance degree is offered entirely online.
2006
  • Stephanie W. Bergeron, vice chair of the Board of Trustees, is named interim president of Walsh College.
  • A Doctor of Management in Executive Leadership, the first doctoral degree, is offered.
  • Ground is broken for a 36,000-square-foot, two-story addition named for Walsh President Emeritus Jeffery Barry, who died July 8.
2007
  • Stephanie W. Bergeron is named the sixth president of Walsh College.
2008
  • A team of Walsh College graduate students win the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Detroit Cup MBA Business Case Competition.
  • The Jeffery W. Barry Center addition opens for classes at the Troy campus and is later certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)® Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • Marketing inaugurates the “Live. Breathe. Business.” brand campaign.
2009
  • The College announces a dual MBA/MSF degree.
  • More than 3,000 people attend 102 skill-building workshops in a free Take Charge program developed for displaced workers.
  • The College offers courses at St. Clair County Community College and Wayne County Community College District.
2010
  • The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accredits specific degree programs.
  • Walsh College adds its LaunchPad program with the help of a grant from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. LaunchPad is designed to help entrepreneurs with their business ideas.
 2011
  • The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools reaffirms the College’s accreditation.
  • A Business 360 Fundamentals program is launched for busy professionals.
 2012
  • Walsh observes its 90th anniversary with homecoming celebrations at the Troy and Novi campuses.
  • The College grants its first doctoral degree.
 2013
  • An award-winning, 1,400-square-foot Finance Lab opens for students, with 12 Bloomberg terminals, large flat-screen televisions tuned to market and financial reports, and breakout rooms where students can examine current market conditions, trends, and discuss future projections.
  • The College holds its 100th Commencement Ceremony in January.
 2014
  • The Board of Trustees approves a 55,000-square-foot renovation of the Troy campus to enhance student learning experiences, including an expanded business-communication focused success center, student lounge, and “one-stop” student services center.
  • Walsh College launches a Master of Science in Marketing, the only one of its kind in Michigan. The College also begins to offer dual MBA degrees in Management, Marketing, and Information Technology.
 2015
  • For the second consecutive year, Walsh College is one of 75 select national institutions ranked as a “Best for Vets Business College” that provide high-level assistance for service members, veterans and their families by The Military Times.
 2016
  • A grand opening is held for the Troy campus addition and renovation.
  • A Decision Science Department is formed.
  • A Cyber Lab opens for students.
  • Walsh College offers a new cybersecurity concentration in its highly regarded Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) degree program to meet the increased demand for advanced education.
  • The Walsh College Master of Science in Taxation (MST) program is ranked fifth in the nation and the Walsh College Master of Science in Accountancy (MAC) program is tied for sixth in the nation by the TaxTalent.com on the Top in Tax Educational Survey of employers.
  • The Walsh College undergraduate degree program in accounting earns endorsement by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).
 2017
  • Walsh College receives ACBSP accreditation for its Master of Science in Marketing and Master of Science in Management degrees.
  • Walsh President and CEO Stephanie W. Bergeron retires and receives the title of President Emerita.
  • Marsha Kelliher becomes Walsh College’s seventh president and CEO.
  • Walsh offers a Master of Arts in Business program.
Last Updated: June 2017