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Walsh University

Walsh University
Motto Sed Deus Dat Incrementum
Established 1960
Type Private school
Affiliation Roman Catholic Church
President Richard Jusseaume
Undergraduates 2,371 (2014)[1]
Postgraduates 493 (2014)[1]
Location North Canton, Ohio
Mascot Cavalier
Entrance to Walsh University's Westgate

Walsh University is a private non-profit, 4-year, Roman Catholic university in North Canton, Ohio, USA. In 2009, there were approximately 2,935 students.

It was founded in 1960 by the Brothers of Christian Instruction,[2] initially as a liberal arts college. Walsh College became Walsh University in 1993. The University offers more than 50 majors, and five graduate programs including a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Walsh has satellite campuses in Medina, Canfield, Springfield Township, and its newest campus in Castel Gandolfo, Italy. It is endorsed by The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
  • Organization and administration 3
  • Academic profile 4
    • Accreditation 4.1
    • Graduate School 4.2
    • Study abroad programs 4.3
  • Athletics 5
  • Notable people 6
    • Students 6.1
    • Faculty 6.2
  • References 7
  • Further reading 8
  • External links 9


The school's namesake is Bishop Emmett Michael Walsh of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown.[2]

Walsh University was first founded as LaMennais College in Alfred, Maine in 1951 by the Brothers of Christian Instruction on an idea by Ferdinand Waldo Demara,[3] who was then posing as a monk, to educate young men as brothers and teachers. LaMennais College continued in Alfred, Maine from 1951 until 1959. Because of a chance 1957 conversation between Brother Francoeur of La Mennais College and Monsignor William Hughes of Youngstown, Ohio about the Brothers' wish to move LaMennais College from Alfred, Maine, Bishop Walsh invited the Brothers to choose Canton, Ohio as the new location. Bishop Walsh donated $350,000 to the Walsh College project.[4] In 1959 the present location of Walsh University began as 50 acres (20 ha) of farm land on which two buildings were constructed, College Hall (Farrell Hall) and LaMennais Hall which continues to house the Brothers and international priest-students.[4]

Throughout the school's history, the Brothers have played an active role, serving as faculty during the original years and playing a part in the growth and development of facilities and programs. Several have served as President.[5] On July 12, 2010, Walsh University was notified that it had been approved for the Division II membership process in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The move to the NCAA was a multiple-year process that included a two-year candidacy period followed by a one-year provisional season, in which the Cavaliers were not allowed to advance into NCAA postseason play.[6] Following the successful transition, the university became a full member of the NCAA DII in 2013.[7] Walsh was previously competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a member of the American Mideast Conference, while its football team competed in the Mid-States Football Association.


The university campus is made up of 22 buildings on a 136-acre (55 ha) campus. The Walsh University Peace Pole has had visitors including Willy Brandt, Coretta Scott King, Mother Teresa, and Elie Wiesel who came to Walsh University to advocate for peace.[8]

Organization and administration

Walsh's current president is Richard Jusseaume ('67).

Academic profile

Walsh University offers the following graduate degrees: Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT); Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP); Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed); Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.); Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Development; and a Master of Arts in Theology. In addition, Walsh offers three post-bacalaureatee programs: Certificate in Healthcare Management; Grade 4/5 Endorsement; and a LEAD Teaching Licensure.

The university offers 60 majors, five graduate programs, and accelerated degrees for working adults, including an RN-BSN program for registered nurses with an associate degree, or another type of diploma, who want to earn a bachelor's degree.Undergraduate degrees offered include: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.); Bachelor of Science (B.S.); Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S. in Ed.); Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.); Associate of Arts (A.A.); and Associate of Science in Computer Science (A.S.C.S.).

About one-third to one half of the student body live on campus in one of nine residence halls.

While both are Catholic educational institutions of the same name and close location, Walsh is unaffiliated with (and sometimes confused with) nearby Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls.

Walsh University is the owner of North Canton's Hoover Park, which was formerly owned by the Hoover Company.[9] The Hoover Historical Center is located there.


Graduate School

Walsh University offers graduate programs in Counseling, Education, Business, and Theology; a clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy; and an online Doctorate of Nursing Practice. As a graduate student at Walsh University, students pursue the mastery of a subject and the understanding of its relationship to kindred subjects as the form and substance of graduate work. The programs seek further to impart special skills in research, sharpened powers of independent thought and delivery of professional services.

Several of the graduate programs are offered in accelerated format so that working adults may pursue their degrees at their preferred pace.[10]

Walsh offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy program. It is a three-year post-baccalaureate degree.

Study abroad programs

Walsh University has four regular study abroad programs led by Walsh faculty:[11]

Students may study and visit Rome's cultural and current locales.

Rome Summer - students explore the city's history, art, and culture, with an added focus on communication and theology.

Uganda Experience - Using a sociological lens, students examine Ugandan history, traditions, social institutions, and present challenges for development in this service and reflection-oriented immersion experience.

Tanzania - Students and faculty in this program explore the state of healthcare and nursing education in Tanzania while working alongside Tanzanian nurses and nursing students in this practical, cross-cultural experience. In addition to visiting hospitals and clinics, the group explores life in town of Moshi, and the hills of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

In addition, Walsh University has run faculty-led programs to El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Israel, England, France, Spain and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Further, Walsh has cooperative agreements with agencies such as CCSA and CAPA, allowing Walsh students to experience studies and/or internships abroad.


Walsh competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level as a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The mascot is the "Cavaliers." School colors are maroon and gold.

Champtionships include:

  • The men's basketball team won the 2005 NAIA National Championship.[12]
  • The women's basketball team won the 1998 NAIA National Championship.
  • The men's baseball team advanced to the 2007 NAIA World Series for the first time in school history.

The university's football team play their home games at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

Notable people


  • Rayshaun Kizer, 2006, gridiron football player[13]
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to Walsh in 2009.[14][15]
  • Brian Rogers, 2005 - professional football player, professional mixed martial artist.[16]
  • Robert Whaley, 2005, former professional basketball player (most recent NAIA draft pick in the NBA)


  • Bob Huggins, basketball coach at Walsh from 1980-1983. He led the Cavaliers to a perfect 30-0 regular season. (They finished 34-1 overall).[17][18]


  1. ^ a b "Walsh University - Student Life - Best College - US News". Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Drake, Tim (September 22, 2010). "Ohio's Hidden Catholic Gem: Walsh University Embraces Catholic Identity". Blogs: Tim Drake.  
  3. ^  
  4. ^ a b "LaMennais Brothers Blogspot". Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  5. ^ [6]
  6. ^ [7]
  7. ^ Looney, Josh (July 15, 2013). "Division II adds new conference, members". NCAA. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ [8]
  9. ^ "Park Brochure" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  10. ^ "Graduate Programs | Doctoral Programs | Master's Degrees". Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  11. ^ [9]
  12. ^ [10]
  13. ^ "Former Cavalier DB Rayshaun Kizer Sets New AFL Interceptions Mark ", Walsh University, July 25, 2011.
  14. ^ "Joe Morgan". Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Saints parting ways with troubled playmaker Joe Morgan - ProFootballTalk". Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "Sherdog MMA Bio". Retrieved 2014. 
  17. ^ "Staff Directory - WVU Athletics". Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "Bob Huggins - Men's Basketball - Walsh University". Retrieved 16 December 2014. 

Further reading

  • Drake, Tim (September 22, 2010). "Ohio's Hidden Catholic Gem: Walsh University Embraces Catholic Identity". Blogs: Tim Drake.  

External links

  • Walsh University official website
  • Walsh University official athletics website
  • Walsh on
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