Kim E. Schatzel: Five Fast Facts


Eastern Michigan University Interim President Kim E. Schatzel confirmed today, Friday, December 4, 2015 that she has accepted an appointment as President of Towson University.

Schatzel was pressured to step up or step down after the publishing of the Black Student 10-Point Plan –a list of demands developed to help improve the Black student experience and counter structural racism. Seven days before Thanksgiving a Black student presented the Black Student 10-Point Plan at the Forum on Race and Discrimination at the McKenny Ballroom.

Schatzel, 63, will become Towson University’s President on Monday, January 25, 2016. Read the announcement here.

Students began challenging EMU leadership immediately following the Mizzou Hunger strike.

On November 12, hundreds of students rallied near the Student Center, standing in solidarity against structural racism and white supremacy.

On November 19, the Black Student 10-Point Plan was made public, later published in the Eastern Echo.

Here’s what you need to know about Kim E. Schatzel and the controversy:

1. Kim E. Schatzel Accepts Appointment as President of Towson University

After spending Thursday evening meeting with architects of the Black Student 10-Point Plan, Kim E. Schatzel announces that she will step down in the new year.

2. Kim E. Schatzel learned about the Black Student 10-Point Plan before Thanksgiving

“I’m listening and I’m here and I will respond,” she said.

3. Kim E. Schatzel met with the architects of the Black Student 10-Point Plan on Thursday, December 3, 2015

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4. Black Students Say Kim E. Schatzel Showed ‘Negligence Toward Marginalized Students’ Experiences’

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5. Kim E. Schatzel Became Interim President of Eastern Michigan University on July 8, 2015 After Working More than 20 years as a Corporate Tycoon and University Maverick

Schatzel joined Eastern Michigan University in January 2012 as Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, and became interim president on July 8, 2015, following the resignation of Susan Martin.

According to the internet, Schatzel spent more than 20 years working in new ventures and start-up ventures. She began her career working as a foreperson at a Ford Pinto manufacturing plant. Her roles later ranged from being a top-level manager of an automobile parts manufacturer to serving as CEO of ICM/Krebsoge.

She was appointed to the board of directors of Health Alliance Plan in February 2013 and is chair of its audit committee as well as the audit and finance committee for Henry Ford Health System.

Kim E. Schatzel earned $275,000 in 2011-12, according to a database of employee salaries compiled by Radical Washtenaw.