Kim E. Schatzel becomes president at Towson University

Park University in Missouri names Greg Gunderson president
By: | Issue: January, 2016
December 16, 2015

Kim E. Schatzel will begin her term as president of Towson University, one of the University System of Maryland’s 12 institutions, in late January.

Currently she serves as interim president, provost and executive vice president of academic and student affairs at Eastern Michigan University. There, she reorganized academic and student affairs to improve the student experience and developed a comprehensive degree completion and retention program.

Schatzel was also selected because of her private sector background. She brings more than 20 years of corporate, new venture and startup experience to the Towson presidency, including serving as founding president and chief operating officer (and later CEO) of a multinational industrial firm with employees on four continents.

Prior to her work at Eastern Michigan, Schatzel was dean of the College of Business at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where she helped grow enrollment as well as attract and retain faculty.

Other people news:

  • Park University in Missouri will have a new president, Greg Gunderson, as the spring 2016 semester gets underway. Gunderson served nearly five years as vice president and chief financial officer at Webster University, which is based in St. Louis and has 68 campuses worldwide. Prior to Webster, he spent nine years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also has experience in the private sector.
  • University of Delaware has selected Dennis Assanis as its next president. Currently the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Stony Brook University in New York, Assanis takes office on July 1.
  • Anna Maria College in Massachusetts has hired David Breen as vice president and chief operations officer. In his most recent role at Brandeis University—and in prior positions at Merrimack College and two University of Massachusetts campuses—Breen has overseen strategic planning, institutional research, IT, business management and public safety.
  • Sweet Briar College in Virginia, which nearly closed last year, has a new director of human resources and community engagement as of January 1. Nicole Whitehead, a human resources training and organizational development officer, previously served as a corporate education consultant, trainer and instructor at Catawba Valley Community College in North Carolina. —Melissa Ezarik