Walsh President Named to Crain’s Notable Women in Education

Marsha Kelliher, J.D, LL.M., President and CEO of Walsh, has been named to the 2019 Notable Women in Education list by Crain’s Detroit Business. The list highlights women in the education sector who are leaders in their workplaces and communities.

Since arriving at Walsh in 2017, Kelliher has led an ambitious strategic plan initiative and launched several new academic programs including the nation’s first multi-course concentration in automotive cybersecurity, the innovative Master of Arts in Business, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Management, Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management and the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership.

Kelliher has championed the use of technology at all levels, leading to new software implementations for recruitment, advancement, advising, financial aid services and academics. In 2018 and 2019, she was named One of the Most Powerful Business Leaders in Metro Detroit in Education by DBusiness’ Detroit 500 and was an Honored Guest at the 2019 Inforum Inner Circle.

“Marsha Kelliher embodies the leadership and innovation that Walsh was founded on nearly 100 years ago,” said Michael Plotzke, Chairman of the Walsh Board of Trustees and CFO of Plastipak Holdings, Inc. “She challenges the entire organization to continually look to the future and embrace new technology and methodology. This recognition is well-deserved.”

Kelliher is a member of the Executive Committee of Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities and the Board of Directors of the Detroit Economic Club.

She is a member of the Army-Southeast Michigan Advisory Council and also serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.

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