TU President Schatzel named to Top 100 Women 'Circle of Excellence'

Schatzel now a three-time honoree on annual list, five TU alumnae also named

March 26, 2021

schatzel top 100

Towson University President Kim Schatzel has been named to the The Daily Record's 2021 Top 100 Women in Maryland list. This was her third appearance on the list, which adds her name to the newspaper's Circle of Excellence.

Schatzel was previously named to the list in 2019 and 2017. She is one of 12 women joining the Circle of Excellence this year, which is the list's highest honor. Nearly 1,600 women having been honored during the list's 26 years in existence.

“I am humbled by this recognition. I believe this is truly an affirmation of Towson University and its role as an institution providing leadership for the public good,” Schatzel says. “I was honored to be included with such an accomplished group of women in 2017 and 2019, and I look forward to getting to know this year’s group of outstanding leaders.”

The recognition is the second top 100 honor for Schatzel this term—following her inclusion in The Daily Record's inaugural Power 100 list last month. Her contributions to and leadership in Maryland have been recognized routinely by the newspaper, which gave her its 2018 Icon Honors and named her one of the 2017 Most Admired CEOs and 2017 Most Influential Marylanders.

The Top 100 Women list recognizes honorees' outstanding professional accomplishments, community leadership and mentoring. Those listed were selected by a panel of leaders and past honorees. 

The 2021 list was released March 25 and also features five Towson University alumnae: Brooke Harlander ’13 (St. John Properties), Catalina Rodriguez-Lima 06 (Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs), Tonia Niedzialkowski ’91 (Point Breeze Credit Union), Kim Paradise ’92 (Mindgrub Technologies) and Divya Potdar ’09 (Diva Law, LLC).

The Daily Record said winners will be celebrated during an online event May 13. Towson University serves as a leadership sponsor of the celebration honoring the winners.

"This year’s Maryland’s Top 100 Women are navigating Maryland businesses through extraordinary times. They are defining the new normal while also leading their teams from survival to success," says Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, group publisher of The Daily Record. "In addition, this year’s honorees are actively involved in their communities while also mentoring the next generation of leaders. We at The Daily Record are pleased to honor them."