Kim Schatzel (Source: cob.umd.umich.edu)
Kim Schatzel (Source: cob.umd.umich.edu)

BY SAMANTHA ELLIOTT, Editor in Chief

Last week, Eastern Michigan University announced the hiring of University of Michigan-Dearborn’s College of Business Dean, Kim Schatzel, as their new vice president and provost.

Pending approval of EMU’s board of regents, Schatzel’s position will be effective January 3, 2012.

Schatzel announced her resignation as dean by email on November 2.

Schatzel’s background includes a bachelors in economics and biology from Washington University as well as a doctorate in business administration from Michigan State University. She had many years of corporate experience before coming to UM-Dearborn. This included serving as founding president and COO, and later CEO, of ICM/Krebsoge–a multinational industrial firm employing people on four continents.

“My academic and business background provide me with a foundation that recognizes the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Schatzel. “As a business school dean, I am aware of the serious financial challenges facing institutions of higher education in Michigan and across the nation. It is only through a highly collaborative effort involving Eastern Michigan’s outstanding faculty and staff, in partnership with the university’s administration, business and community partners, governmental and legislative bodies, and alumni, that we can address these challenges.”

She will lead Eastern Michigan’s Division of Academic Affairs, which includes more than 200 degree programs throughout its five colleges.

EMU is thrilled with the addition of Schatzel. “Dr. Schatzel has proved to be an outstanding dean who brings a strong voice to lead and advocate for the faculty and Division of Academic Affairs,” EMU President Susan Martin expressed in a public statement. “Her success in advancing academic excellence and in strategically building academic programs responsive to the needs of today’s students and employers and the State of Michigan make her ideally suited for Eastern Michigan University.”

Schatzel has been at UM-Dearborn since 2000, when she started as an assistant professor, before becoming dean in 2008.