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  • Teresa Esshaki, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
  • Thomas Petz, MSIA, CISSP, Vice President, Chief Information and Marketing Officer
  • Dave Schippers, Sc.D., CISSP, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer/Academic Dean
  • Suzanne Siegle, Ed.D., J.D., Interim President, Chief Executive Officer

Contact the Office of the President

You can reach the Office of the President by calling 248-823-1232.




Teresa Esshaki

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Teresa Esshaki has over 20 years of experience in financial leadership positions. Before arriving at Walsh, she served as the CEO of Glacier Advisory Partners which provides interim CFO services, turnaround consulting, budget planning, corporate financial planning, and related technology solutions for small and large firms. Prior to Glacier, Esshaki held chief financial officer and vice president of finance roles at Arrow Electronics, where she spearheaded centralization of global shared services, developed global capital planning, streamlined month-end closings, and implemented product line profitability.

As director of finance at Meritor, Esshaki significantly improved cash flow, redesigned cash forecasts, managed pricing, and launched a global customer credit and risk management financial process. Prior to Meritor, she worked in talent acquisition, attracting diverse candidates as the director of recruiting for Resources Global Professionals.

Esshaki began her financial career at FCA, where she advanced in multiple roles including treasury planning, corporate planning, and purchasing. She is fluent in Arabic and her international experience includes working with European and Asian locations to create shared services arrangements.

A proud Walsh alumna and advocate, Esshaki earned an MBA from Walsh and a BA from the University of Michigan.


Thomas Petz, MSIA, CISSP

Vice President, Chief Information and Marketing Officer

Tom Petz leads and manages the information technology (IT) services division of the College. His emphasis is on the innovative use of technology to enhance the higher education experience. Petz is an expert practitioner with PHP, Python, SQL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and AJAX technologies and brings more than 20 years of field and leadership experience to his role as chief information officer (CIO).

Most recently as interim CIO, Petz was the chief architect of Walsh’s connected classrooms. He also leads the DREAM Team and EPIC Center, which focus on long-term technology advances and immersive learning innovation at the College.

Previously, Petz was an assistant professor of IT/decision sciences and marketing at Walsh. In 2015, he was named Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year by the Alliance for Excellence in Online Education. He still teaches programming and cybersecurity courses in our IT programs in an adjunct role.

Petz holds a bachelor of science from Wayne State University and a master of science from Walsh.

Dave Schippers,

Vice President and Chief Academic Officer/Academic Dean

Dr. Dave Schippers brings decades of industry experience in information technology, cybersecurity, and project management to Walsh. In industry, he has worked on large core system designs, quality assurance testing and system implementations, impacting regional, national and international business operations nearing a billion dollars.

From a technology support perspective, Dr. Schippers has been responsible for technology operations team, ensuring system operations in environments responsible for over $300 million in sales. As a technology leader, he directed a technology group and security operations, supporting 25 sites, three operations and thousands of users in a technologically diverse infrastructure.

His leadership includes implementing over $8 million in technology bonds, acquiring federal USF funding, designing and implementing physical and video security systems, and engineering new security alert system components. He also consults as a professional investigator and cybersecurity professional, offering digital investigation and information security services.

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

Interim President, Chief Executive Officer

Suzy Siegle was appointed Walsh’s interim president and CEO in April 2022. 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 and technology 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.

Prior to joining Walsh in 2020, Dr. Siegle 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 at Concordia University Ann Arbor.

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.