The Daily Record names President Kim Schatzel a Most Admired CEO

Schatzel is the only educational leader honored; she joins seven other TU alumni and board members.

By Pam Gorsuch on September 18, 2017

Towson University President Kim Schatzel is one of The Daily Record’s 2017 Most Admired CEOs.

Schatzel is the only leader of an educational institution recognized on the 2017 list, which includes 13 business CEOs and 14 nonprofit leaders in Maryland. Eight of the 27 Most Admired CEOs are TU leaders, alumni or board members.

“To be a Most Admired CEO means that you have gained the respect and admiration of those around you. It means you are making a positive impact on the lives of others,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. “Our honorees this year were nominated by co-workers, community organizations and other leaders not just for their professional achievements but because they are truly admired by their peers and employees.”

Schatzel said she is humbled by The Daily Record honor.

“I am humbled by this recognition, and I accept it on behalf of the entire Towson University community,” Schatzel said. “I have learned in both my business and higher education careers that there is no one key to success. You have to be deliberate and intentional about building a strong team, whether you are an entrepreneur, a CEO or a university president. I am fortunate to have such a team at TU.”

In addition to Schatzel, TU honorees include:

  • Angie Barnett, Greater Maryland Better Business Bureau and a member of the College of Business and Economics (CBE) Advisory Board
  • Casey Baynes ’98 MA, Casey Cares Foundation
  • Ron Causey ‘86, SC&H Group
  • Donnie Downs ‘86,
 Plan B Technologies
  • Robert (Bob) Olsen '94, COMPASS Cyber Security
  • Robin Tomechko ’86 MS, Harford Family House
  • Larry D. Unger
 ‘80, Maryland Public Television

Honorees are selected based on professional accomplishments, community service and letters of reference showing leadership and vision. They will be recognized at a dinner Nov. 9 and profiled in a special magazine inserted into the Nov. 10 issue of The Daily Record.