Strategizing Success: Michael Barbee
This Black History Month, we’re shining a light on the achievements within our Walsh College community, showcasing the exceptional results that come from steadfast dedication, the empowerment gained through education, and the clarity of future goals. Our students, alumni, and faculty embody this spirit of excellence, and we celebrate their success, contributions and aspirations.
One such remarkable story is that of Michael Barbee, a business professional currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Management (MSM) program. With aspirations to teach at the collegiate level, Michael is already laying out a clear trajectory toward academic excellence and impactful mentorship.
Vision and Aspirations: The Journey to Teach
For Michael, the choice to attend Walsh was strategic. “I came from a family of educators. One of my future goals is to teach collegiately. Walsh was the perfect choice for me to continue my education. The program, faculty, business community reputation, and flexibility provided everything that I was looking for.” His decision to enroll in the MSM program, with a specialization in small business management and entrepreneurship, was deliberate, setting the stage for his future endeavors.
Michael’s vision extends beyond obtaining a degree. “After I finish the MSM I will begin working on my PhD,” he shares, highlighting his commitment to education and the value he places on continuous learning. His experience in the corporate world provides him with a unique perspective that he is eager to bring to the classroom, bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and real-world practice.
Inspiration for the Future
Michael’s message to current and future students at Walsh College is one of engagement and proactivity. “Be that student that is fully engaged in your educational journey. There is so much more than just doing the homework and taking tests,” he advises. He encourages students to dive deep into their educational experiences, and invest in building networks, seeking out knowledge, and taking every opportunity to learn from those around you.
His advice is rooted in his own experiences, emphasizing the importance of the connections made during one’s time at college—connections that could potentially open doors to future success. “Your future success starts the first day of class,” Michael notes, setting the tone for a proactive approach to education.
Mentorship at Walsh College: A Personal Journey
Even in the early chapters of his academic story, Michael encountered mentors. He speaks fondly of Joanne Hebert and Bryan Kieler, “They both bring the perfect combination of academics and real business experience to the classroom,” Michael remarks.
Michael also highlights the welcoming community at Walsh, particularly praising Alex Bartell, the Director of Alumni Engagement. He appreciates Bartell’s proactive approach: “He introduced himself on the first day of class and offered great advice on making the most of my time at Walsh.” For Michael, such interactions are what make his experience at Walsh not just educational, but personal and meaningful.