Walsh University

Walsh University is a private Roman Catholic university in North Canton, Ohio. It enrolls approximately 2,700 students and was founded in 1960 by the Brothers of Christian Instruction[2] as a liberal arts college. Walsh College became Walsh University in 1993. The university offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and seven graduate programs, as well as multiple global learning experiences.

Walsh University
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MottoSed Deus Dat Incrementum
TypePrivate university
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic Church
PresidentTimothy J. Collins, Ed.D.
Undergraduates2,275 (Fall 2015)[1]
Postgraduates624 (Fall 2015)[1]
Location, ,
United States

40°52′25″N 81°22′15″W / 40.8736111°N 81.3708333°W / 40.8736111; -81.3708333Coordinates: 40°52′25″N 81°22′15″W / 40.8736111°N 81.3708333°W / 40.8736111; -81.3708333
MascotSir Walter the Cavalier


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

Walsh University was 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. In 1957 Brother Francoeur of La Mennais College and Monsignor William Hughes of Youngstown, Ohio discussed the Brothers' wish to move LaMennais College from Alfred, Maine, and Bishop Walsh invited the Brothers to choose Canton, Ohio as the new location. Bishop Walsh donated $304,000 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.[5] The Founding Brothers include: Dacian J. Barrette, Thomas S. Farrell, Henry J. Vannasse, Edmond Drouin, Paul E. Masse, Robert A. Francoeur, and Alexis Guilbeault.[citation needed] The Brothers have played an active role at the institution, 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.[6]

In 2013, Walsh University joined Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).[7] Walsh 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.


On July 1, 2019, Walsh University announced that Timothy J. Collins, Ed.D was appointed to serve as the University's seventh president.[8]

Former presidents include:

  • Br. Thomas Farrell - 1960-1970
  • Br. Robert Francoeur - 1970-1977
  • Br. Francis Blouin - 1978-1992
  • Fr. Richard Mucowski - 1992-1996
  • Dr. Kenneth Hamilton - 1997-2001
  • Mr. Richard Jusseaume - 2002 - 2019
  • Dr. Tim Collins - 2019–present


Entrance to Walsh University's Westgate

The campus covers 136 acres (55 ha) and is made up of 27 buildings along East Maple Street in North Canton.[9]

Buildings include:

  • Farrell Hall (1960) - This was the first building on campus. Construction started in 1959 and finished in 1960. It was initially named College Hall and was later renamed in honor of Br. Thomas Farrell in 1977, the first president and one of the founding Brothers of Christian Instruction.
  • LaMennais Hall (1960)
  • Gaetano M. Cecchini Family Health and Wellness Complex (1971/2009) - Formerly called the Physical Education Center. A major update and renovation occurred in 2009.
  • The Don and Ida Betzler Social and Behavioral Sciences Center (1972)
  • Hannon Child Development Center (1990)
  • Aultman Health Foundation Byers School of Nursing and Health Sciences Center (2000)
  • The Paul and Carol David Family Campus Center (2001)
  • Timken Natural Sciences Center (2005)
  • Barrette Business and Community Center (2005) - The Barrette Business and Community Center is the former site of the Rannou Center (1966-2004) and opened in 2005.
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel (2006)
  • Birk Center for the Arts (2012)
  • Saint John Paul II Center for Science Innovation (2015)
  • Father Matthew Herttna Counseling Center
  • St. Katharine Drexel House
  • The Marlene and Joe Toot Global Learning Center (2018)

The campus includes dormitory residences named:

  • Menard Hall/Betzler Towers (1966/2006) - Menard Hall was the first dormitory on campus and opened in 1966. The Betzler Tower was added in 2006.
  • Seanor Hall (1968) - Seanor Hall was initially named Alexis Hall and had been named for Br. Alexis Guilbeaut, one of the Founding Brothers of the university.
  • Lemmon Hall (1995)
  • Brauchler Hall (1999), Meier Hall (2000), Stein Hall (2002) - colloquially called "The Grove Apartments"
  • Marie & Ervin Wilkof Towers (2004)
  • Olivieri Family Towers (2007)
  • The Commons (2012).[10]

The Walsh University Peace Pole outside Farrell Hall represents visitors including Willy Brandt, Coretta Scott King, Mother Teresa, and Elie Wiesel who came to Walsh University to advocate for peace.[11]

Walsh also oversees the Hoover Historical Center which they acquired in April 2004.[12]



Walsh University offers the following graduate degrees: Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT); Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT); Master of Science in Nursing (MSN); Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed); Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.); Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Development; Master of Arts in Theology,[13] and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).[14] Several graduate programs are offered in online and in an accelerated format.[15]


The university offers over 60 majors.[16]

Professional developmentEdit

Walsh University offers several opportunities for professional development, including a certificate in healthcare management, FNP certificate, and several educator certificates or licensures.[17]


Walsh has twenty athletic teams and competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level as a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.[9] The university's football team play their home games at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, part of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village in Canton, Ohio.[18][19]

Varsity teamsEdit

Walsh sponsors nine men's varsity teams: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, and track & field. The school also sponsors nine women's varsity teams: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.[20]

Mascot and colorsEdit

The team name is the "Cavaliers" and the athletics teams are represented by Sir Walter the Cavalier at events. Sir Walter also makes appearances at various school events outside of Athletics. A carved replica of Sir Walter stands outside the Cecchini Family Health and Wellness Complex and was created from an oak tree in 2016.[21] The name Cavalier was chosen after the school newspaper, The Spectator, ran a contest in 1963 asking for possible team names. Sean Keenan, Walsh class of 1964, then a junior, submitted for "Cavaliers". He took home a $15 prize.[citation needed]

School colors are maroon and gold.[22]

National championshipsEdit

  • The men's basketball team won the 2005 NAIA National Championship.[23]

Notable peopleEdit


Faculty and staffEdit

  • 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).[34][35]
  • Jim Dennison, football coach at Walsh from 1993-2012


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  2. ^ a b Drake, Tim (September 22, 2010). "Ohio's Hidden Catholic Gem: Walsh University Embraces Catholic Identity". ncregister.com: Blogs: Tim Drake. National Catholic Register. Retrieved 2011-02-09.
  3. ^ Robert Crichton. "Reference to Brother John Payne of the Brothers of Christian Instruction a/k/a Fred Demara". pp. 115–119.
  4. ^ Rufo, Raymond (March 24, 1967). "Stark County Foundation Awards Walsh College $25,000 Grant". Walsh College Press Releases.
  5. ^ "LaMennais Brothers Blogspot". Lamennaibrothers.blogspot.com. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Brothers of Christian Instruction". 22 November 2011. Archived from the original on 22 November 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  7. ^ Looney, Josh (July 15, 2013). "Division II adds new conference, members". NCAA. Archived from the original on 2013-07-18. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
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  10. ^ Walsh University (2017). "Walsh University Campus Map" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-07-06.
  11. ^ "Diocese of Youngstown". 28 September 2011. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Hoover Historical Center | Ohio Museum Studies Degree". www.walsh.edu. Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  13. ^ "Walsh University Graduate Programs | Northeast Ohio College Information". www.walsh.edu. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  14. ^ Walsh University (2021). "Doctor of Nursing Practice". Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  15. ^ "Graduate Programs | Doctoral Programs | Master's Degrees". Walsh.edu. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  16. ^ "Walsh University Undergraduate Programs". www.walsh.edu. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  17. ^ Walsh University (2018). "Professional Development". Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  18. ^ "Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village".
  19. ^ "Facilities - Walsh University". www.athletics.walsh.edu. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  20. ^ Walsh University. "Walsh University Athletics". Walsh University. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  21. ^ "Victorious Cavalier Stands Tall Outside Cecchini Center". www.walsh.edu. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  22. ^ Walsh University (2017). Walsh University Identity Standards. Walsh University. p. 8.
  23. ^ "Basketball". 28 September 2011. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  24. ^ Walsh University (2002). "Spotlight on Walsh Alumni: Robert (Bob) Shearer". Walsh Times.
  25. ^ Walsh University (2010). "The Rise of the Intelligent Community". Walsh Times: 13.
  26. ^ Walsh University. "Alumni Notes: Isaac Amani Massawe". Walsh Times: 39.
  27. ^ Walsh University (2017). "New Members Enrich Walsh Community Connections". Walsh Times: 15–16.
  28. ^ Walsh University (2006). "Walsh Alum is "Next Top Photographer"". Walsh Times.
  29. ^ "Sherdog MMA Bio". Retrieved 2014. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  30. ^ "Former Cavalier DB Rayshaun Kizer Sets New AFL Interceptions Mark ", Walsh University, July 25, 2011.
  31. ^ "Joe Morgan". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  32. ^ "Saints parting ways with troubled playmaker Joe Morgan - ProFootballTalk". Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  33. ^ "FedEx Leadership". Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  34. ^ "Staff Directory - WVU Athletics". WVUsports.com. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  35. ^ "Bob Huggins - Men's Basketball - Walsh University". Retrieved 16 December 2014.

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