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Dr. Sharon L. Gaber is named The University of Toledo’s 17th President

History was made at The University of Toledo Thursday as the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Dr. Sharon Gaber UT’s 17th president.

“The University of Toledo is one of the most important institutions in the region and in Sharon Gaber, we have a president who can provide transformational leadership at a University deeply interwoven in the communities we serve,” said Board Chairman Joseph Zerbey.

“Whether the topic is student recruitment and retention, external research funding, improved student graduation rates, or raising philanthropic support, not only does Dr. Gaber have experience, she has achieved incredible results,” Zerbey added.


At a news conference following the trustees’ vote, Zerbey highlighted Gaber’s accomplishments during her tenure as provost of the University of Arkansas, including:

• A nearly 40 percent increase in enrollment at Arkansas, while simultaneously increasing incoming student preparedness and diversity;

• An increase in Arkansas’ six-year student graduation rate;

• A reclassification by the Carnegie Foundation of the University of Arkansas to a Very High Research institution, a reflection of more than $120 million in external research expenditures in 2014; and

• Active leadership in the University’s capital campaign.

“This University and this community needs a leader who can elevate The University of Toledo on a national stage and propel this institution to the next level,” Zerbey said. “And we have found her.”
“I’m excited, honored and incredibly thankful to the Board of Trustees for this opportunity,” Gaber said. “I see so much great work already happening at The University of Toledo and so much potential that we can achieve working together. I can’t wait to begin.”

Zerbey said a timeline for a transition will be established in the coming weeks.

Gaber will be the first woman to serve as UT’s president.

UT’s 16th president, Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, led UT for eight years and had previously served as president of the former Medical College of Ohio before the 2006 merger with UT.

Dr. Nagi Naganathan, the dean of the College of Engineering, has been serving as interim president since July 1.

“I want to thank Dr. Naganathan for his service as interim president during the last year and for three decades as a teacher of our students, a mentor of our faculty and as a leader at this University,” Zerbey said.

In addition to her work since 2009 as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas, Gaber also serves as an officer on the board of directors for the 366-bed Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. She also is a corporate board member of the Simmons First National Corp. and is vice chair of the Arkansas Research and Technology Park.

She came to the University of Arkansas, where she also is professor of sociology, from Auburn University, where she served as interim provost.

Prior to that, she served Auburn as senior associate provost and associate provost for academic administration. She began her time at Auburn as associate dean in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction.

Before her time at Auburn, she was a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She served as department chair, graduate officer and held the A. Leicester Hyde endowed professorship.

She holds a PhD of city and regional planning from Cornell University, a master of planning from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degrees in economics and urban studies from Occidental College. Her research interests are in community needs assessment of marginalized populations and planning methods.

Gaber has served on the National Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Governing Board, was awarded the 2006 State of Alabama Outstanding Professional Planner of the Year, and the 2009 Auburn University Women of Distinction Faculty Award.

Media Coverage
The Blade (March 12, 2015)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (March 12, 2015)
Arkansas Business (March 12, 2015)
KFSM Arkansas (March 12, 2015)
NBC 24 (March 12, 2015)
The Plain Dealer (March 12, 2015)
Sentinel-Tribune (March 12, 2015)
The Blade (March 13, 2015)
University of Arkansas News (March 13, 2015)
WTOL 11, 13 ABC and FOX Toledo (March 13, 2015)
FOX Toledo, 13 ABC, NBC 24 and WTOL 11 (March 13, 2015)
WBNS 10 TV (March 14, 2015)
The Independent Collegian (March 18, 2015)
Toledo Free Press (March 20, 2015)
The Chronicle of Higher Education (March 23, 2015)
The Blade (March 24, 2015)
The Blade (March 29, 2015)
The Blade (March 29, 2015)
The Independent Collegian (April 29, 2015)
The Independent Collegian (April 29, 2015)

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