President’s Biography

President Kim Schatzel
President Kim Schatzel

The University System of Maryland Board of Regents appointed Kim Schatzel as the 14th president of Towson University in December 2015. Schatzel officially began her term on January 25, 2016.

Prior to joining Towson University, Schatzel served as interim president of Eastern Michigan University (EMU) for six months while continuing her responsibilities as provost and executive vice president of academic and student affairs, a position she 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 of marketing and rising to interim dean (2007-2008) and dean (2008-2012).

Schatzel also brings more than 20 years of corporate, new venture, and start-up experience to the Towson University 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 serves on the board of directors for the University of Maryland St. Joseph’s Medical Center and the CollegeBound Foundation. She is a former member of the board of directors and former chair of the Audit Committee for Health Alliance Plan, a $1.4 billion full-service medical insurance provider based in Detroit. She also served on the Audit and Finance Committee for Henry Ford Health Systems, a $3.7 billion integrated nonprofit health care organization in Detroit.

Schatzel is married to Trevor Iles and they have a son and a daughter, Matthew and Katie, as well as a daughter-in-law, Katie.