A career based on supporting institutional growth and student success
Dr. Kate Zatz is a higher education executive who consults on accreditation, governance, academic, and student affairs, with a focus on enrollment management. For the past 10 years, she has been a member of the Registry of College and University Presidents and a senior consultant in organizational development, assessment, change management, and employee engagement with Toolpack Consulting LLC, a boutique firm.
Dr. Zatz has served as Acting President and as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Public University System (APUS), an online university serving over 90,000 students in over 220 degree programs (over 62% of APUS students are on active military duty). She was appointed to the Board in 2004 and served as the chair for 10 years; during this time, she chaired the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and was the university’s representative to the Compensation Committee of American Public Education Inc.
Dr. Zatz holds a doctorate in higher education from Columbia University. In addition to serving on the APUS Board, in her career, Dr. Zatz has served as a Dean, Department Chair, Vice President and academic lead at several institutions.
She has also served on the Macalester College Alumni Board and the Alumni Council of Teachers College – Columbia University. In 2011, Dr. Zatz was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Teaneck Community Charter School; in 2012, she was elected vice-chair.
Dr. Zatz is a member of the Institute of Leadership Management (ILM) and is pursuing a license in executive coaching.
Education and Credentials
Higher Education, Post-Secondary and Adult Education – Teachers College, Columbia University, New York (1994)
Education Administration – Teachers College, Columbia University, New York (1992) Graduate Commencement Speaker
Student Personnel Administration – Teachers College, Columbia University, New York (1985)
Political Science, History, and Social Science – Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota (1982) Cum Laude Graduate
Dr. Kate Zatz is a higher education executive who consults on accreditation, governance, academic and student affairs, with a focus on enrollment management. For the past 10 years, she has been a member of the Registry of College and University Presidents and a senior consultant in organizational development, assessment, change management, and employee engagement with Toolpack Consulting LLC, a boutique firm.
For nearly 20 years she has supported the mission of APUS.edu and American Military University. When she joined the Board of Trustees in 2004, the institutions had an enrollment of 7,000 today the university serves over 90,000 students in over 200 degree programs. She was appointed to the Board in 2004 and has also served previously as the chair for 10 prior years, up until 2018. Her signature is displayed on 92,189 degrees.
In addition to serving on the APUS Board, Dr. Zatz was named to the Macalester College Alumni Board and the Alumni Council of Teachers College – Columbia University. In 2011, Dr. Zatz was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Teaneck Community Charter School. In 2012, she was elected vice chair.
From 2017 until 2020 Dr. Zatz served as the School Director and Assistant Dean of Petrocelli College at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dr. Zatz was responsible for P&L and launched the Masters degree in Cyber and Homeland Security as well as certificate programs in subjects including Cyber Security Administration.
As Vice President of Student Development at SUNY-Rockland, Dr. Zatz was responsible for enrollment management, financial aid, student activities and athletics, the student information system, two off-site centers, administration of federal and state grants, and academic advising. Within one year at SUNY-Rockland, she stabilized enrollment after ten years of decline, and increased new student enrollment.
In her nine years at Hudson County Community College, Dr. Zatz was responsible for more than doubling the enrollment from 2,900 to 8,400 (in head count), without substantial budget increases. She also helped to raise retention by 26 points, achieved 18 consecutive semesters of enrollment growth, and lowered the student loan default rate.
Dr. Zatz has served as the President of the New Jersey Deans’ Association for Community Colleges. She also has been a member of the Legislative Committee for the Council of County Colleges and a Middle States Commission peer evaluator. She served for six years as member of the Substantive Change Committee of the Middle States Commission.
Dr. Zatz holds a doctorate in higher and adult education and two master’s degrees from Columbia University - Teachers College. She also has a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College, and attended the University of Wisconsin - Marathon County Center.
Dr. Zatz also earned her School Business Administrator license for the State of New Jersey and certification as a secondary Social Studies teacher in Minnesota.
Kate was a co-founder and coordinator of a soup kitchen at 114th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. During the past thirty-five years, it has evolved into Broadway Community Incorporated, a non-profit organization serving over 30,000 meals a year. The program now incorporates drug, alcohol, HIV, and health education, and a shelter for homeless women. Still affiliated, Kate served on the Broadway Community’s Advisory Board until 2012.
As the Vice-Chair and Board Member (2011-2016) of the Teaneck Community Charter School she wrote a grant, was instrumental in strategic planning, and created a funding plan for expansion for the school.
In 2015 Dr. Zatz was Governor of Calvert Academy and Calvert Education Services, a fully accredited affordable online school serving students in over 45 countries.
Honors and Awards
President’s Eagle Award
Presented by Dr. Wally Boston for outstanding service to American Public University and American Military University (2020)
Woman of Achievement
Girl Scouts of America, Northern New Jersey (2009)
Education Champion Award, Board of Directors
Educational Opportunity Fund Program and Department of Education, New Jersey (2004)
Psi Beta honorary member
Hudson County Community College (2004)
Phi Theta Kappa honorary member
Hudson County Community College (2000)
Commencement Speaker, Teachers College
Columbia University (1992)