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Dr. Katherine Zatz Acting President

An accomplished, award-winning executive-level academic professional. Experience leading tactical initiatives that boosted enrollment and student retention, ensured re-accreditation, met federal and state compliance goals, and ensured proactive and positive academic and student affairs. Seasoned career as an inspirational leader, trainer, and mentor. Ready to leverage expertise to support institutional growth, diversity and student success.

A career based on supporting institutional growth and student success

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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 currently serves as a Acting President and on the Board of Trustees of the American Public University System, an online university serving over 90,000 students in over 220-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. During this time, she has chaired the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and was the university’s representative to the Compensation Committee of American Public Education Inc. Over 62% of APUS students are on active military duty.

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.

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 currently serves as a Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees at the American Public University System, an online university serving over 90,000 students in over 220-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. During this time, she has chaired the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and was the university’s representative to the Compensation Committee of American Public Education Inc. Over 62% of APUS students are on active military duty.

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.

Education and Credentials

  • ED.D.

    Higher Education, Post-Secondary and Adult Education – Teachers College, Columbia University, New York (1994)

  • ED.M.

    Education Administration – Teachers College, Columbia University, New York (1992) Graduate Commencement Speaker

  • M.A.

    Student Personnel Administration – Teachers College, Columbia University, New York (1985)

  • B.A.

    Political Science, History, and Social Science – Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota (1982) Cum Laude Graduate

Teaching Experience

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University, School Director and Assistant Dean for Administrative Sciences (2017 – 2020)
  • Seton Hall University, Dissertation Reader (2014 - 2016)
  • Capella University, Visiting Scholar in Higher Education (2012 - current)
  • Teachers College, Columbia University (Guest Lecturer) (2006 – 2009)
  • College of St. Francis, Illinois (1988 – 1990)

Biography

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 currently serves as a Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees at the American Public University System, an online university serving 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. During this time, she has chaired the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, and was the university’s representative to the Compensation Committee of American Public Education Inc. Over 62% of APUS students are on active military duty.

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. At FDU Dr. Zatz was responsible for P&L and launched the Masters in Cyber and Homeland Security as well as certificate programs 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. Currently, Dr. Zatz is working on her license in Executive Coaching through Career Coaching International ILM7.

Community Engagement

Kate was a co-founder and coordinator of a soup kitchen at 114th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. During the past thirty 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. 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. 

 

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Certificates

  • eCornell Inclusion and Diversity, (2021)
  • Title IX Investigator Certification, Academic Impressions (2016)
  • eCornell Human Resource Management (2014)
  • Financial Aid Advisor - Certification, New York Student Financial Aid Administrators Association (2015)
  • School Business Administrator License, Certificate of Eligibility, Department of Education, New Jersey (2012)
  • Foundation Center – Sustainable Non-profit Training Institute, New York (2012)
  • Wharton – University of Pennsylvania - Executive Education, Corporate Governance and Compliance (2009)
  • American Council on Education – Office of Women in Higher Education, Leadership Institute (2006)
  • Wellesley College Higher Education Resource Services Institute (2001)
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Education – Institute for Educational Management (1999)
  • Certified Secondary Education Teacher: Social Studies, Minnesota (1983)

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)

Publications

  • Zatz, K. Contributing writer, Allpar.com, 2006 – 2017
  • Zatz, K. and Zatz, D. (August 2013) “Executive Engagement” Workforce.
  • Zatz, K. and Zatz, D. (November 2011) “How do we overcome the perception of favoritism?” Workforce.
  • Zatz, K. and Zatz, D. (1999) “Turn problem employees into assets”. Administrator, Volume 18, Number 3.
  • Houghton, K.J. (1989) Comparison of campus alcohol policies of Chicago area colleges and universities. Association of Campus Activities Administrators.