Schatzel has served seven years at Towson University and will become 19th president at the University of Louisville.
Dr. Kim Schatzel will become the 19th president of the University of Louisville, it was announced Wednesday morning. President Schatzel will assume her new role on Feb. 1, 2023, after seven years as TU's 14th president.
In a message to the TU community on Wednesday following the University of Louisville announcement, University System of Maryland Chancellor Jay A. Perman wrote, "The fact that Dr. Schatzel was tapped to head a university as nationally prominent as UofL, as highly regarded, speaks to her enormous talent and drive, which we’ve seen up close since she was named TU’s leader nearly seven years ago."
Chancellor Perman said that a national search for Dr. Schatzel's successor would be launched soon, and that as that search gets underway, an interim leader would be named in the coming weeks. The TU community will have an opportunity to be involved in the search process, he said.
In a message to the TU community Wednesday afternoon, President Schatzel said, in part, "I know TU is in great hands going forward."
"In the last seven years I've seen the outstanding commitment, brilliance and passion that our faculty and staff bring to campus each and every day. Through their work, TU truly is a national leader in inclusive excellence, a community-engaged anchor institution for our region and state and is now emerging as a nationally recognized hub for entrepreneurship, leadership and research," Schatzel wrote.
President Schatzel will remain at TU through January. The yet-to-be-named interim leader will assume that role effective Feb. 1.
A TU website for the search process will be in development with a launch planned in the coming weeks.
This story will be updated.