Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents appoints Donald Loppnow to serve as interim president, effective January 8, 2016

by Walter Kraft, Published December 21, 2015

YPSILANTI – Donald Loppnow, who served Eastern Michigan University for 40 years as professor, provost and interim president before retiring in 2014, will be returning to the University as interim president, effective January 8, 2016. The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents unanimously approved the appointment today, December 21, 2015, in a special meeting.


Don Loppnow

Loppnow will serve as interim president while Eastern conducts a national search for its 23rd president, which is expected to be completed this spring. His appointment as interim president will continue until the start date of the new President’s appointment.

“When it came time to consider the best person for the interim presidency, we did not have to look far,” said Mike Morris, chair of the EMU Board of Regents. “Don Loppnow is a proven leader with a steady hand, and is extraordinarily well respected among our campus community as well as in the greater Washtenaw area. I am pleased he has agreed to step into this role and I know he will continue the excellent work initiated by former President Susan Martin and current Interim President Kim Schatzel.”

Loppnow was interim president from 2007-2008, prior to the appointment of President Martin. He also served as acting president for several weeks in 2004. He has held many positions over the years at Eastern since joining the University as a professor of social work in 1974. He later served as department head of the School of Social Work and in other administrative capacities as assistant to the president for strategic planning, associate vice president for extended programs, provost, and vice president and executive director of the EMU Foundation, among others.

“Eastern Michigan University has been near and dear to my heart for more than 40 years’” said Loppnow. “I am pleased to be asked to step in to help guide the University forward in the months ahead. I am fortunate to be surrounded by talented students, outstanding faculty, an effective and experienced leadership team, and staff who make Eastern an outstanding institution.”

Loppnow indicated that he has not applied and has no interest in the permanent presidency. He remains a member of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, appointed to help select the next president.

Loppnow earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Michigan. He has a master's in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, and a baccalaureate in social work from the University of Wisconsin. An accomplished researcher, he garnered more than $3.6 million in grants supporting Eastern’s mission. Several community organizations have benefited from his knowledge and generosity, including Riverside Arts Center, Dawn Farm, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Washtenaw County, the Ypsilanti Area Community Fund, the Ypsilanti Historical Society, and the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum. Loppnow recently received the 2015 John D. Dingell Distinguished Service Award from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Don and Nancie Loppnow have lived in the Ypsilanti area for over 41 years and have two children and three grandchildren.

Schatzel, the current interim president, announced on December 4 that she would be leaving the University to become president of Towson University near Baltimore, effective January 25, 2016. Her final day as interim president will be January 7, 2016.

Further information on the search for the permanent president of Eastern Michigan University can be found on the presidential search website


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