The University of Louisville Names Kim Schatzel as It Next President

Kim Schatzel, a nationally recognized leader with extensive experience in both higher education and the private sector, has been chosen as the nineteenth president of the University of Louisville in Kentucky. She will take office on February 1.

The University of Louisville is a state-operated educational institution that enrolls more than 15,000 undergraduate students and just over 6,500 graduate students, according to the latest U.S. Department of Education statistics. Women make up 56 percent of the undergraduate student body.

Since 2016, Dr. Schatzel has served as president of Towson University, one of 12 universities that are part of the University System of Maryland. She also is a professor of marketing. Professor Schatzel previously served as provost of Eastern Michigan University and dean of the College of Business at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

“The University of Louisville is a historic university with rich traditions that provides leadership to Kentucky as the premier metropolitan research university for the Commonwealth,” Dr. Schatzel said. “I am incredibly honored to be chosen to lead such a remarkable institution and look forward to working together with our campus and community partners to advance UofL’s reputation as a pre-eminent institution nationally recognized for its excellence in research and scholarly work, education, inclusive student success, innovation, the arts, and athletics – all aimed to establish the University of Louisville and the City of Louisville as a nexus for transformative solutions that advance the public good.”

Dr. Schatzel, who is a first-generation college student, was born in New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and economics from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Schatzel earned a doctorate in business administration, with concentrations in marketing and management of technology, from Michigan State University.

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