Crain’s Detroit Business named two University of Detroit Mercy administrators — Dean of the College of Engineering & Science Katy Snyder and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Pamela Zarkowski — to its 2019 list of 35 educators they deem as Notable Women in Education Leadership.
Snyder ’89, ’93 is the first female Engineering & Science dean at Detroit Mercy and one of only two female engineering deans in Michigan. A professor and former assistant dean with the University, she was appointed to her current post in 2018. Since then, she has instituted programs to attract more students to STEM fields and was instrumental in attracting a major donation for Detroit Mercy’s Center for Innovation & Collaboration.
Zarkowski has been with the University for many years and under her leadership, the University has established dozens of new degrees, certificates, majors and minors and led the implementation of a new core curriculum. She speaks nationally about law, ethics, sexual harassment and dental curricula.
Crain’s says the women included on the list were chosen by the magazine’s editors “based on their career accomplishments, track record of success in the field, contributions to their community and mentorship of others.” They come from public and private primary and secondary schools and districts, organizations and institutions of higher education.