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Back To School: EMU Expects Record Enrollments, Interim President Schatzel In Focus

Aug 24, 2015

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. 

Some of the things Schatzel discusses: 

  • Her thoughts on if women can have it all.
  • Her transition from Provost to Interim President.
  • Her favorite spots on campus and how she enjoys interacting with students and staff.
  • The many campus improvements made over the summer to the campus.
  • Signing a new facility to house EMU's Honors College.

 Getting to Know Schatzel

 The University has been under new leadership since President Susan Martin stepped down last July. Current EMU Provost, Dr. Kim Schatzel has been EMU's Interim President in the meantime. One of the first things she has done is to meet with the Native American student organization and decided to remove the controversial  "Huron" logo from EMU band uniforms.  Dr. Schatzel said she is excited about Eastern's new honors college building that will open in October, as the honors college at EMU has doubled in size in the last 3 years with her at the helm of Student and Academic Affairs. She's also credited with serving as dean of the College of Business at the University of Michigan-Dearborn among other leadership roles, and over 20 years of corporate experience in new ventures and start-ups.

 Kim Schatzel, a 30 year resident of Michigan, received a doctorate in business administration from Michigan State University - Eli Broad Graduate School of Management in 1999. She is a member of the Board of the Directors and Chair the Audit Committee for Health Alliance Plan (HAP), and also serves on the Audit and Finance Committee for Henry Ford Health Systems.