USD School of Law Alumna Marsha Kelliher ’94 (LLM) Inaugurated as 7th President of Walsh College

Marsha Kelliher

TROY, Mich. (January 19, 2018) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumna Marsha Kelliher, ’94 (LLM), was recently inaugurated as the seventh president of Walsh College in its 95-year history.  The ceremony, which took place earlier this month, was conducted by the College’s Board of Trustees at an invitation-only ceremony held at Detroit Opera House.

Kelliher brings experience in the fields of academic leadership, teaching, business and law. She comes to Walsh after serving in upper-level leadership positions at Susquehanna University and St. Edward’s University during her more than 20-year career in academia. She was appointed president by a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees in November 2016 and transitioned into her role in April 2017.

“It has been a pleasure to watch President Kelliher take the reigns at Walsh College over the past year,” Michael Plotzke, chair of the Board of Trustees, said in a statement. “Her expertise, clear vision and strong leadership are invaluable to the College as we continue to deliver innovative and relevant programs using new technology and real-life experiences to deliver classes.”

As part of her inauguration ceremony, Kelliher shared her vision for Walsh’s future as the school heads toward its centennial anniversary. This vision is focused on continuing to pioneer new academic disciplines and innovative programs, deploying cutting edge technology both in and out of the classroom, embracing diversity and guiding student success, engaging alumni in new ways, expanding professional collaborations, and serving as a model for fiscal responsibility and philanthropic values.

Read the full press release online.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 20th nationally and 4th on the West Coast in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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