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Kim Schatzel

Towson University

A the leader of Towson University, Kim Schatzel has recommitted to its role as an anchor institution in the community, one with the responsibility to help fill key workforce needs in Maryland.

“TU is a provider of STEM leaders, from biology to computer science to cybersecurity, and is the largest provider of health professionals to the state of Mary- land,” Schatzel said.

The university recently dedicated a new Science Complex, open now to students as the largest academic building on the campus, and broke ground on its College of Health Professions building, which will put all of Towson’s health-focused academic programming under one roof for the first time.

Schatzel is one of fewer than 2% of university presidents that have extensive business and private sector experience, according to her online biography. She spent more than 20 years as a corporate leader and serial entrepreneur in the technology and advanced manufacturing sectors. She founded and served as the president, chief operating officer and later CEO of a multinational advanced manufacturing firm.

Schatzel has served in her current role for five years and loves interacting with students, faculty, staff and alumni. She identified that connection as one of the best parts of her job.

What makes you excited about your job?

Not only are our students brilliant, academically prepared and engaged on important issues, they’re also passionate about making a difference in the world. And through the opportunities available at Towson University, our students are able to make an impact. Seeing that happen first-hand just warms my heart.