About Donald Loppnow

Donald Loppnow, who served Eastern Michigan University for 40 years as professor, provost and interim president before retiring in 2014, is again interim president of EMU.

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. He replaces interim president Kim Schatzel, who was named president at Towson University.

“When it came time to consider the best person for the interim presidency, we did not have to look far,” says 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’” says 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."