Posted by Terrence Dalton
A.S., Georgia Military College; B.S., United States Air Force Academy; M.S.A., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; M.S., National War College; Ed.D., Benedictine University
The Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of listening to Dr. Tim Collins, President of Walsh University during our Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Club meeting.  His presentation was about the unique approach Walsh University takes with their students. His talk reflected on what’s going on around us with COVID 19 and the University’s approach to the pandemic. Click here to view the Club Meeting and presentation by Dr. Collins.
Timothy J. Collins, Ed.D., was appointed Walsh University's seventh President in 2019. 
Dr. Collins brought more than 22 years of senior-level experience to Walsh University as a distinguished higher education professional with leadership expertise in philanthropic endeavors, conceptualization and implementation of institutional strategic plans and a demonstrated understanding of a private university’s mission, student-centered culture and Catholic traditions.
Prior to joining Johns Hopkins University in 2005, Dr. Collins served as a Senior Officer in the U.S. Air Force with multiple senior command experiences during his 23 years of service in the U.S. and abroad.
As a Catholic University, welcoming students from 38 states and 31 countries, the University offers undergraduate, graduate, and online adult accelerated degree programs.  Walsh’s ultimate mission is to develop leaders in service to others. 
Walsh University offers small class sizes, hands-on experiential learning opportunities interdisciplinary institutes, internships and global learning programs. Walsh education is also affordable with 98% of students receiving some form of financial scholarship or aid and a tuition guarantee. Graduates leave Walsh University prepared to succeed in the workplace and in their communities for life.
Walsh students enjoy a healthy balance of academic, spiritual, and social activities:
For nearly 2,650 students, the search for the right college has led them to Walsh University. Students find that learning transcends the classroom, caring faculty help students aim higher, and leadership requires more than intellect.
As an independent, Catholic university, Walsh University encourage individuals to act in accordance with reason guided by the example and teachings of Jesus Christ. Their aim is to develop students' mind, body and spirit - this is Walsh's distinguished tradition and the heart of its appeal.
Helping Students Discover a Sense of Purpose:
Walsh's unique character and commitment to faith, together with nearly 100 academic majors and minors, award-winning athletics and vibrant student life are primary reasons that Walsh attracts students from around the globe.  With outstanding academic facilities, chapels, residence halls, a health and wellness complex, and flagship programs in the areas of health sciences, business, education, and so much more, students have a wide variety of options to make their mark at Walsh University.
While students' involvement in communities here and abroad takes many forms, every service experience imparts important life lessons that build character and leadership.
By 2021, it is forecast that the Internet of Things (IoT) will surpass 25 billion devices and $1.1 trillion spent worldwide.  The incredible amount of data and business opportunities generated by IoT will create a vital need for employees in all industries to have base-line knowledge of IoT, how it functions and how it will transform their job responsibilities. These skills will result in increased efficiency for employees and employers.
To address this skilled technical workforce need, Walsh University has developed several programs:
  • 3-day interactive, practical immersion experience
  • Examples, exercises and applications directly from day-to-day work activities
  • Walsh University professors and experienced industry consultants
Certificates of Completion are Available in the Following Credentials:
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Analytics – Applied Business Solutions
  • Business Analytics 
  • Designing and Implementing an Azure AI Solution    
  • DevOps Executive Workshop             
  • DevOps Foundation
  • DevOps Implementation Boot Camp          
Additionally, you will walk away with:
  • Understanding of fundamental concepts of IoT
  • Knowledge of how readily available electronics can collect useful data in real time
  • Skills to cost-effectively create efficiencies within tasks and systems
  • Ability to use IoT tools to increase a company productivity and profitability.  
Additional information on this program is available on the Walsh University website.
Dr. Collins addressed the COVID challenge and how Walsh University is addressing the pandemic.  He sees Walsh University students and faculty being “physically distanced but socially connected.”  In commenting on the current polarization in the nation, Dr. Collins noted several reasons he believes fosters this polarization:  1) Separation of religion from knowledge, 2) Separation of church from college, and 3) Separation of spirituality from student life.  Today “Me is the center of everything rather than Community being the center of everything.  The business community makes our community go.  Community must lead – not always depend on the government to do everything.  What can I do to make things better?”