Eastern Michigan University has named Kim Schatzel as its new provost and vice president, pending approval by the Board of Regents. The appointment will be effective Jan. 3, 2012.
Schatzel’s background includes extensive academic leadership and corporate business experience. She currently serves as dean of the College of Business at University of Michigan-Dearborn, a position she has held since 2008. Schatzel joined the institution in 2000 as assistant professor of marketing and subsequently held several leadership positions until being named dean.
“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,” said Susan Martin, president of Eastern Michigan University. “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. She understands Southeast Michigan and cares about the future of public universities at this difficult economic time.”
Schatzel’s corporate experience includes more than 20 years of new venture and start-up experience. This includes serving as Founding President and COO, and later CEO of ICM/Krebsoge, North America’s largest powdered metal components manufacturer – a multinational industrial firm employing more than 1,500 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.”
Schatzel also is currently a Professor of Marketing at the University of Michigan’s College of Business, and has taught at the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels in the United States and internationally. In 2006, she was recognized with the university’s Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award. Her teaching interests include marketing research, marketing strategy, new product development, new venture creation, quantitative methods, high technology marketing and management of technology.
Schatzel received a doctorate in business administration from Michigan State University – Eli Broad Graduate School of Management in 1999. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and biology from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1978. Schatzel has lived in Michigan for 27 years. Her family includes her husband, Trevor Iles, an entrepreneur and Michigan business owner, her son, Matthew, who resides in New York City, and daughter, Katie, a student in her junior year of high school.
Her annual salary as provost and vice president will be $275,000. She will lead the Eastern Michigan’s Division of Academic Affairs and its more than 200 degree programs in five colleges. Eastern offers a distinctive mix of comprehensive academic resources, strong community initiatives, focus on Education First, and nationally-recognized undergraduate and graduate student research achievements.