Dr. Michael Dunphy Named Vice President for Academic Affairs

Walsh University President Dr. Tim Collins has announced that Michael Dunphy, Ph.D., has been appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective immediately. Dr. Dunphy has served the University as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs since June 2020.

“For the past eight months, Dr. Dunphy has brought his trademark dedication and enthusiasm for our mission to the Cabinet in the role of Interim Vice President,” said Dr. Collins. “Amidst the COVID pandemic, Mike has skillfully led our Academic team as we brought students safely back to campus, implemented new programming and transformed the entire university to a new academic term every-other-month cadence. The Board of Directors and his colleagues across the campus join me in just knowing that he will continue to excel in this executive leadership position.”

An alumnus of Walsh, Dr. Dunphy has served the Walsh community since 1981, first as a part time faculty member, then in 1985 as full-time faculty in Biochemistry, as Division Chair of Mathematics and Sciences from 1990 to 2016 and as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences from 2016 to 2020. Retaining the rank of Full Professor in Biochemistry, Dr. Dunphy continues to teach chemistry courses and conduct research while attending to his administrative responsibilities.

Dr. Dunphy has mentored hundreds of students in the sciences, guided Honors Thesis seniors, and collaborated with colleagues on many projects.  Last year he helped to bring $1.2 million dollars’ worth of high-end analytical Shimadzu equipment to Walsh University elevating the strength and profile of the sciences in the national market. Since last summer, Dr. Dunphy has been instrumental in the launch of Walsh’s “first-in-the-nation” Skilled Tech Workforce initiative, designed to teach essential skills needed to thrive in a technology-based economy as we shape the workforce of tomorrow. 

He is a nationally known facilitator and speaker in leadership development, curriculum development and integration of premier skills into education of young professionals. He is also a veteran of the classical martial arts/sciences and devotes considerable energy to martial training and education as a licensed martial professional (Menkyo Renshi Sogobujutsu).

Dr. Dunphy earned a B.S. from Walsh University; M.S. from Youngstown State University; and Ph.D. from The University of Akron.

Dr. Dunphy and his wife, Shari, live on the west reservoir of the Portage Lakes with their two Bernese mountain dogs, Kona and Maui. They have five adult children and one grandchild.