Dr. Katherine Zatz

Dr. Kate ZatzKate Zatz is a higher education executive who consults on accreditation, governance, academic issues, and student affairs, with a focus on enrollment management.

In 2017 she was appointed Assistant Dean for the School of Administrative Sciences, Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

For the past ten 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.

Board Service

Kate currently serves as a Board Member Emeritus at the American Public University System/American Military University, an on-line university serving over 90,000 students in 100 degree programs. During her term, she served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees, chaired the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, and was the university’s representative to the Compensation Committee of American Public Education Inc. Over 70% of APUS students are on active military duty.

APUS enrollment was at 11,000 when Kate was elected Chair of the Board in 2004. In 2006, the Higher Learning Commission accredited the university, making it eligible for Title IV funding. In 2017, the Higher Learning Commission approved APUS’ first two doctoral programs – Doctor of Global Studies and Doctor of Strategic Intelligence.

In addition to serving on the Board of American Public University System, Kate 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.

Past Positions

As Vice President of Student Development at SUNY-Rockland, Kate 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 6,400 (in head count), without substantial budget increases. She also helped to raise retention by 26 points and lowered the student loan default rate by 17 points in her first three years.

Early in her career, she was the Director of Campus Activities at Mundelein College in Chicago and the Director of Student Development at the College of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois (now the University of St. Francis).

As the Dean of Students of the Vaughn College of Aeronautics at LaGuardia Airport, she raised student retention by 17 points, substantially increasing enrollment. She also instituted a housing program with full occupancy; a peer-based tutoring program which raised participants’ grades by an average of one point; and a bridge program for high school students, 80% of whom entered the College. Her initiatives also resulted in an increase in the number of women enrolled from 50 to over 150 over the course of three years.

Kate 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.


Kate 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. Katherine Zatz

She holds the following certificates:

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 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.

In 2009, she was named a Woman of Achievement by the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey. In 2007, Dr. Zatz became a member of the Registry of College and University Presidents.

She is married to Dr. David Zatz, an organizational psychologist and the founder of allpar.com.

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