Towson University President Kim Schatzel Leaving For Louisville

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TOWSON - Towson University President Kim Schatzel has announced she will leave to be the next president at the University of Louisville (UofL).

The UofL Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Wednesday to appoint Schatzel as its 19th president.

She will start her new job on February 1, taking over for interim president Lori Gonzales. Gonzales was appointed interim president in early 2022 after the unexpected departure of Neelo Bendapudi.

Schatzel was appointed in 2015, spending almost seven years as Towson's 14th president. She took over from Maravene Loeschke, who resigned for health reasons. Loeshke passed away in 2015 from cancer.

The search for Towson's next president will commence immediately as the University System of Maryland's Board of Regents finds and interviews candidates.

USM released a letter to the Towson community lamenting the loss of Schatzel and praising her work.

"There's no question that President Schatzel's departure from Towson University and from the University System of Maryland is a loss for us," the board said. "The university's physical campus has grown under her leadership. State-of-the-art facilities were built, renovated, and expanded to support every facet of TU's operations: Teaching and learning, research, student life, administration, and athletics."

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski's office also released a statement thanking President Schatzel.

"Dr. Schatzel is a transformative and visionary leader who has helped usher in a new era of innovation at Towson University and has been a vital partner in the ongoing resurgence of the Towson community," Olszewski said. "On behalf of the residents of Baltimore County, we thank Dr. Schatzel for her years of devoted service to Towson's students, faculty, staff, alumni, and our entire community. While she will be greatly missed, we wish her nothing but the best in her next steps as the next president of the University of Louisville."

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