Dr. Szathmáry was named President Emeritus of the University of Manitoba in 2008. She received the title of Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology in 2014. She was President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba from 1996 to 2008, Provost and Vice-President (Academic) of McMaster University in Hamilton from 1994 to 1996, and, before that, Dean of the Faculty of Social Science of the University of Western Ontario in London (now Western University). Dr. Szathmáry is a director of Power Corporation. She served on the boards of several Power group companies in North America, including Great-West Lifeco, Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life Financial and Canada Life, until May 2017.
Dr. Szathmáry is a distinguished scholar, teacher, scientist, and administrator. She is involved in the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation Board. As well, she is a member of the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Board of Governors of McMaster University. Dr. Szathmáry has also served as a director of numerous educational, research, and philanthropic not-for-profit organizations, including the St. Boniface General Hospital, the Manitoba Museum Foundation, the Manitoba Medical Service Foundation, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, the Prime Minister's Advisory Committee on Science and Technology, and the Board of Governors of the University of the Arctic.
Dr. Szathmáry received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. In addition to receiving the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Administration in Manitoba, she has been awarded seven honorary doctorates in recognition of her research and contribution to higher education. Dr. Szathmáry is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Member of both the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba. In 2015, she was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles.