Two alumnae were named to the Circle of Excellence, receiving the award for the third and final time
Towson University President Kim Schatzel, College of Business and Economics Dean Shohreh Kaynama ’76, Carol Coughlin ’82, Kimberly Conway Dumpson ’90 and Mary Hastler ’88 were all named this week as The Daily Record’s 2017 Top 100 Women.
“I’m truly grateful to receive this recognition,” said Schatzel. “To be included in such a wonderful group of dynamic women, who have achieved amazing things not only in their careers but also as leaders in the community and as mentors, is an incredible honor.”
Prior to arriving at Towson University in January 2016, Schatzel served as interim president for six months while continuing her responsibilities as provost and executive vice president of academic and student affairs at Eastern Michigan University, a position she held since 2012. 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). 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.
Since becoming TU president, Schatzel has launched a number of important new initiatives, appointed two African-American vice presidents, and worked with the entire campus community to develop eight presidential priorities.
Schatzel brings more than 20 years of corporate, new venture, and start-up experience to the Towson 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.
Conway Dumpson is the executive vice president/chief of staff at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in political science and sociology. She stepped into the role of executive vice president in 2013 after spending a year as the vice president for institutional advancement at UMES.
Dumpson graduated from Ohio Northern University College of Law in 1994 and used her legal background to establish a planned giving program at UMES and guide its capital campaign. In her current role, she is a part of developing and executing the university’s major strategic initiatives and oversees government relations and marketing communications.
Coughlin and Hastler were named to the Circle of Excellence for receiving the honor for the third and final time.
Coughlin founded her company in 2006 to help small and medium-sized businesses access the same high-level financial and operational expertise large companies use to their advantage. Before founding Bottomline Growth Strategies, she served as a chief financial officer, leading four prominent healthcare services companies to sustained profitability. Her expertise has been featured on Fox Business News and she was tapped to participate in the White House Business Council.
Hastler has served as the CEO of the Harford County Public Library system for nearly seven years. During that time, according to the Baltimore Sun, the library received The Daily Record’s Innovator of the Year award in 2013 and 2013 for the launch of two STEM initiatives. The system also has been recognized as a nationally ranked STAR Library by Library Journal. Hastler has been an active member of the Maryland Library Association for more than 20 years; she was elected president in 2015—a yearlong appointment. Prior to that, she was legislative officer, president of the public services division and served numerous committee appointments.
Kaynama has led CBE’s strategic, academic, and outreach pursuits for over 14 years. Under her leadership the college has grown to host the largest AACSB-accredited undergraduate business program in Maryland with more than 3,400 students—all while maintaining prestigious AACSB International Accreditation for both its business and accounting programs.
Kaynama also has spearheaded a collaborative strategic planning process for CBE, which has allowed her to invest crucial resources for students, faculty and staff. She has installed innovative academic programs to meet student and workforce needs and has focused her energy on forming partnerships between the college and the community.
A record 435 women were nominated for the statewide honor. The awards program will be held April 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, Maryland.
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