Ellen S. Horsch

Ellen Horsch


  • Vice President for Administration
  • MA, Economics, Central Michigan University
  • BS, Business Administration, Michigan Technological University


Ellen S. Horsch was appointed vice president for administration at Michigan Technological University in 2004. She oversees the administration areas which include Business Operations, Public Safety and Police Services, Risk Management and Compliance, and Human Resources.

From 1991 until 2004, she was director of the university's human resources department, directing the functions of payroll, employment, faculty personnel, labor relations, compensation, classification, and benefits. From 1989-1991, she was manager of employee relations operations.

She came to Michigan Tech in 1985 as a part-time instructor in the School of Business and Economics. She became a full-time instructor in 1986. Prior to her appointment at Michigan Tech, she taught at Ferris State University and Central Michigan University.

Horsch earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Michigan Tech in 1978 and a master's in economics from Central Michigan University in 1983. She is active in the Houghton Rotary Club, Academic Affairs Advisor for Alpha Gamma Delta Women's Fraternity. She serves on the board of the U.P. Labor Management Council and the Michigan University Self Insured Company (MUSIC) Finance Committee. She is also active in associations related to University State Business Officers, and human resources including Academy for Academic Personnel Administration (AAPA) and a member of the Michigan American Council on Education (ACE) Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education, and the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). Horsch has presented at national and regional conferences in the areas of benefits, compensation, labor, safety, and lean principles as well as a Graduate of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI).

Horsch coordinated the efforts of the 7 MPSERS Universities to seek financial relief for State Retiree Pension and Health Care obligations. Legislation was passed in 2012 and 2016 to aid in this effort.