Walsh

Officers


Michael Levens, Ph.D.

Michael Levens, Ph.D.

President, Chief Executive Officer

 

Michael Levens, Ph.D., was appointed Walsh’s eighth president and CEO in August 2020. He has been with Walsh since 2006, first as an adjunct faculty member, then full-time professor and academic chair of undergraduate business programs and later the marketing department. He has twice served as interim provost, most recently just before his appointment as president and CEO. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Levens brings a unique combination of academic leadership, corporate business experience, and a global perspective to his role.

Prior to Walsh, Dr. Levens held several senior leadership positions at General Motors, working in research, product development, and brand management for brands including OnStar and Saab, among others. He has worked in 35 countries on five continents and conducted more than 100 research projects internationally. Dr. Levens’ textbook, “Marketing: Defined, Explained, Applied,” is in its 3rd edition and has been used by more than 200 colleges and universities worldwide. Dr. Levens holds a post-doctoral diploma from Tulane University, a Ph.D. from Capella University, an MBA from Bond University in Australia, and a bachelor of science from Kettering University.

Dr. Levens also provides service to industry and the academic community as a consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, pro-bono consultant to not-for-profit organizations, Fulbright peer reviewer, and member of the Scientific Committee of the annual conference “Emerging Trends in Economics, Culture and Humanities” held in Riga, Latvia. He has previously served on the boards of directors of Eisenhower Dance Detroit and the Detroit Skating Club.

 




Suzanne Siegle

Suzanne (Suzy) Siegle, Ed.D., J.D.

Provost, Executive Vice President

 

Suzy Siegle joins Walsh from Concordia University Ann Arbor, where she most recently served as the Assistant Vice President for Legal Affairs and Operations, Campus Dean for the Haab School of Business, and Professor of Business and Leadership. 

Dr. Siegle’s academic and professional background blends her passions for business, law, and higher education, specifically focusing on the value and importance of business education in today’s world. 

A licensed attorney, Dr. Siegle has experience in business law, real estate, technology transfer, intellectual property, higher education law, risk management, Title IX compliance, and corporate insurance. She has also counseled numerous startups and small businesses on a broad range of legal matters. 

Committed to leadership growth and personal development, Dr. Siegle is the founder of the research firm LOCUS Mindset, which helps leaders build a strong internal locus of control to achieve greater success in their businesses and their lives. Her research and scholarship encompass locus of control and leadership effectiveness, positive organizational psychology, and the entrepreneurial mindset. She regularly presents her research at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters and the Michigan Ross School of Business Center for Positive Organizations, where she is a member of the community of scholars. 

Dr. Siegle holds a doctorate in higher education leadership and management from Regent University, where her dissertation focused on alternative and innovative operating models for higher education in the 21st century. She earned her juris doctor from Ave Maria School of Law, an MBA from Western Governor’s University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

 






Beth Barnes Walsh College

Elizabeth Barnes 

Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer

Secretary, Walsh College Board of Trustees

Elizabeth Barnes is responsible for human resources, career services, and institutional planning. In 1996, the Walsh College Board of Trustees appointed Barnes vice president after she had served as director of College Relations (1990-1996) and manager of Personnel and Placement (1985-1990).

Prior to joining Walsh, Barnes was an employment recruiter for Personnel Director Associates and an employment program coordinator for the South and West Washtenaw Consortium.

Barnes earned a Bachelor of Business Education degree from Eastern Michigan University and completed graduate courses in management at Walsh College.

Barnes is a member of the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan.  She served on the capital campaign committee for the Troy Boys and Girls Club and is the past secretary/treasurer of the Troy Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is a member of the College and University Human Resources Association, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the American Society of Employers, the Society for Human Resource Management, the Michigan Wellness Council, and the WorldAtWork Association.    




Susan Foley, Walsh College

Susan Foley 

Vice President, Chief Advancement Officer


Susan Foley leads the development, alumni relations, student life, and government relations functions at the College. 

Foley has over 20 years of fundraising and leadership experience. Most recently, she served as the senior director of departments, centers, and institutes at the University of Michigan – Michigan Medicine, where she led a major gift officer team.

Previously, Foley served as the vice president for advancement at Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, with responsibility for fundraising, marketing, and government relations. She also served as a senior director of philanthropy at Henry Ford Health System. 

Foley is a lifelong resident of metro Detroit. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.


Helen Kieba-Tolksdorf, Walsh College

Helen Kieba-Tolksdorf, CPA, CGMA 

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer


Helen Kieba-Tolksdorf is responsible for much of the College’s infrastructure, including facilities, information systems, and finance.

Prior to joining the Walsh College staff, Kieba-Tolksdorf was with Oakland Community College (OCC), serving as controller, director of special projects, and chief business officer and treasurer.

While at OCC, Kieba-Tolksdorf led a successful conversion of the financial and administrative system and chaired the Criterion II Committee in a successful NCA reaccreditation visit. In addition, she led the legal and business sections for OCC’s millage passage.

During her career, Kieba-Tolksdorf was also audit manager at Ernst and Whinney, specializing in education, financial institutions, insurance, health care, and pension plans. She has taught accounting at Walsh College and OCC.

A certified public accountant, Kieba-Tolksdorf received both Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in accounting degrees from the University of Detroit Mercy. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the University Risk Management and Insurance Association, the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, and recently earned the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Helen also sits on the board of the American Society of Employers and is a Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP).  Helen also improved the technology defenses of Walsh College, leading to an article published by the National Association of College and University Business Officers.




Patti Swanson, Walsh

Patricia Swanson 

Vice President, Chief Marketing and Enrollment Officer


Patti Swanson is responsible for overseeing all marketing, public relations, enrollment management and related student service functions, including admissions, academic advising, financial aid, records and registration, student support services, and veteran services. She leads her team with a strong commitment to providing an outstanding student support experience from the first contact through graduation.

Prior to arriving at Walsh in 2017, Swanson served as Vice President of Marketing at LevelSet Solutions and in several senior leadership roles at YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, including executive director the North Oakland County YMCA, during her more than 20-year career in marketing and communications.

Over the course of her career, Swanson has delivered impressive results on behalf of several organizations. Consistently, she has effectively managed large teams, reduced costs, exceeded sales projections and developed comprehensive communications strategies for many of the organizations she has been part of. Swanson brings to her role vast experiences in marketing, communications, and sales including customer service, operations, public relations, and event planning. 

Swanson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Management from Northwood University and a Master of Science Administration in Marketing from Central Michigan University.