Walsh College’s Ronis Honored by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:  Sheila R. Ronis, chair and professor of the department of management at Walsh College, was honored with the Outstanding Public Service Award by the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, Department of Defense, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, for supporting the mission of the National Defense University, and particularly its International Fellows program. The medal was presented to her by Maj. Gen. Gregg F. Martin, the President of the National Defense University in a formal ceremony in Washington, D.C. NDU is the premier national security institution focused on advanced joint education, leader development and scholarship. Its purpose is to educate, develop and inspire future leaders of the US Armed Forces, civilian agencies, industry and partner nations by enhancing their strategic and analytical thinking skills, and creating a network of relationships. Ronis distinguished herself with exceptionally superior service as the National Defense University Foundation vice chairman and as an International Fellows Field Studies host from May 2003 to May 2013. Dr. Ronis has hosted the annual NDU International Fellows Field Studies trip to Detroit, in which General Motors and Ford Motor Co. host the groups for a full day of briefs and tours to learn about the U.S. automobile industry. The students, who return to their countries to become senior leaders in their military, diplomatic or industrial communities, are among the most influential groups in the world. Through her work, Ronis donated hundreds of hours of time in support of the international student programs at NDU. Her enthusiasm for the International Fellows Program resulted in a 10 year legacy of superior Field Study Program activities which has provided exceptional cultural richness and academic depth to those involved “improving international diplomacy,” according to the formal Citation that accompanied the medal. To view photos from the ceremony, visit www.flickr.com/photos/nduaudiovisual/sets/72157634122599103. Founded in 1922, Walsh College, one of Southeast Michigan’s largest not for profit business schools, offers upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs at locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township and Port Huron, as well as online. More at www.walshcollege.edu.


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