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On December 4, 2015, the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents appointed Kim Schatzel as the 14th president of Towson University. President Schatzel began her term on January 25, 2016.

Prior to joining Towson University, Schatzel served as interim president for six months while continuing her responsibilities as provost and executive vice president of academic and student affair at Eastern Michigan University, a position she had held since 2012. At EMU, a public university in Ypsilanti with an enrollment of 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students, she provided leadership for all academic, curricular, and research activities, and for enrollment management. She was also responsible for the Division of Information Technology.

Schatzel began her career in higher education in 2000 and held several positions in the College of Business at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, beginning as an assistant professor in marketing and rising to interim dean (2007-08) and dean (2008-12). As dean, she led the business college to reposition itself within a highly competitive market, leading to enrollment growth and enhanced ability to attract and retain outstanding faculty.

Schatzel also brings more than 20 years of corporate, new venture, and start-up experience to the TU presidency, including serving as founding president and chief operating officer, and later as chief executive officer, of a multinational industrial firm employing more than 1,500 people on four continents.

She also serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Maryland St. Joseph’s Medical Center and CollegeBound Foundation. She is a former member of the Board of Directors and former chair of the Audit Committee for Health Alliance Plan, and also served on the Audit and Finance Committee for Henry Ford Health Systems, both based in Detroit.

“I accept this appointment with great pride, passion, and a strong belief in the power and positive impact of public higher education,” said Schatzel. “Moreover, Towson University’s commitment to academic excellence, support for faculty research, research opportunities for students and engagement in the surrounding community strongly resonate with me. I am excited about working with the vibrant Towson University community.”

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