Regents appoint Kim Schatzel interim president starting July 7

Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents voted in favor of Provost Kim Schatzel taking the position of interim president of the university effective July 7, 2015.

The Board of Regents called a special meeting held 3 p.m. Thursday, April 9.

The meeting was short, voting on the interim president and voting on a search committee for the next president.

The Regents voted to have the presidential search committee be the board of regents. The vote passed with no oppositions.

The presidential search advisory committee will be comprised of four regents, along with individuals representing EMU faculty, the All-Union Council, students, staff, alumni and donors, among others. The four regents who will serve on the search advisory committee will be: Michelle Crumm, Michael Hawks, Jim Stapleton and Jim Webb. Regent Crumm will serve as chair to both the presidential Search Committee and the search advisory committee.

Schatzel's background includes extensive academic leadership and corporate business experience. Before coming to EMU, she served as dean of the College of Business at University of Michigan-Dearborn, having joined U-M Dearborn in 2000 as an assistant professor of marketing. She subsequently held several leadership positions until being named dean.

The decision to appoint Schatzel was a much anticipated one, gallery members were excited and students and faculty came up after the meeting to congratulate Schatzel.

“I am very excited to work with the Regents along with Students, faculty, staff and alumni to continue the success of Susan Martin’s seven-year term and help aid in the transition of the previous president to the next,” Schatzel said.

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