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Amanda LeClaire

The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents has named James Michael Smith of Northern State University as its 23rd president in a special meeting today.

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The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents will hold a special meeting Friday with just one item on the agenda, the introduction of the candidate, and a recommendation to elect the its 23rd President. 

The Regent's vote will take place at 1 p.m. in Welch Hall on the Eastern Michigan University campus on Friday.

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Eastern Michigan University's interim president Kim Schatzel's last day at work is Thursday.  She has accepted the job as president of Towson University in Maryland. 

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Eastern Michigan University named a new interim president this morning.  This after current interim president Kim Schatzel, accepted the job as president of Towson University in Baltimore.

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Another interim president for has been announced at Eastern Michigan University. The schools Board of Regents this morning voted unanimously to name Donald Loppnow to the post, effective  January 8th, 2016.

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Eastern Michigan University today announced that Interim President Kim Schatzel will be moving on to the next chapter of her life as newly appointed President of Towson University, effective January 25, 2016. 

Shatzel has been serving as Interim President since Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at EMU since Susan Martin stepped down from the position in July of this year.


A dialogue on institutional racism was held Thursday at Eastern Michigan University. Around two hundred students filled the auditorium at McKenny Hall to take part in the discussion. All Things Considered host Lisa Barry spoke with WEMU reporter Amanda LeClaire about what happened at the event.

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The new school year begins for a lot of students - including those attending Eastern Michigan University in nearly two weeks. EMU is expecting a record class this year with close to 6,000 new students.  We sat down to talk about the upcoming year with Dr. Kim Schatzel, Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at EMU. She now serves as Eastern's president on an interim basis after President Susan Martin stepped down in July. 

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With the departure of Eastern Michigan University's president less than 3 weeks away the search for a permanent replacement is getting underway.



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Eastern Michigan University's Board of Regents held a special meeting today to announce Kim Schatzel, provost and executive vice president of academic and student affairs at Eastern Michigan University, will serve as interim president while Eastern conducts a national search for the successor to President Susan Martin. Provost Schatzel will begin her role following President Martin’s announced final day of July 7, 2015.

Hundreds of educators and others have signed a petition asking Eastern Michigan University to sever ties with the Education Achievement Authority.  Some of these people spoke against the partnership at Tuesday's board of regents meeting.  

Chair of the board of regents Francine Parker says administration needs to listen to the concerns and work to ensure all E-M-U students can find student teaching positions.

Steve Camron is a special education professor and chair of the College of Education Council.  Camron says the E-A-A connection is hurting E-M-U education students beyond the student teacher boycott.  He says the E-A-A's use of Teach for America Candidates with less training makes EMU grads unable to compete for teaching positions.

President Susan Martin says she is closely listening to faculty and student concerns and trying to get more information.  She says it's unfortunate E-M-U students are being punished and great educators are struggling to find student teaching positions.  Martin says the E-A-A however is one of many creative efforts to address under performing schools and it makes sense for E-M-U to be part of the effort.

The regents approved Provost Kim Schatzel's appointment to the E-A-A board.