Schmotter appointed president of WCSU

HARTFORD, Conn., June 14 -- James W. Schmotter, a highly regarded business school dean known for his communication skills, today was named as the eighth president of Western Connecticut State University by the members of the Connecticut State University board of trustees.

Schmotter, 56, will succeed James R. Roach, who has served as WCSU's president since 1992. Roach announced last year that he would retire effective Aug.1.

WCSU President James Schmotter"We very pleased to welcome Jim to the Connecticut State University System," said Lawrence D. McHugh, chairman of the CSU board of trustees, who noted that more than 115 applicants for the position were considered during a nationwide search.

"He's an outstanding teacher and a gifted administrator who will undoubtedly prove to be an exceptional president as he guides Western during this period of unprecedented growth and improvement," McHugh continued. "But most importantly, he is a person who is focused on the needs and interests of students, and I believe it this quality that will truly distinguish his presidency."

Schmotter is currently the dean of the Haworth College of Business and a professor of management at Western Michigan University. Haworth is one of the largest business colleges in the United States, with about 5,600 undergraduate students and about 600 MBA students. He became a member of the WMU faculty in 1997 after serving for five years as the dean of the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University.

Schmotter began his career at SUNY at Binghamton, before moving to the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell, where he served as both assistant and associate dean from 1979 through 1992, responsible for admissions, external relations and international programs.

Schmotter received a B.A. in history from Muskingum College in 1969. Four years later, he received a Ph.D. in history from Northwestern University, where his dissertation focused on colonial ministers in New England. He subsequently did graduate coursework in higher education administration at Columbia University.