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University of Toledo to inaugurate 17th President Sharon L. Gaber

The University of Toledo will mark the historic inauguration of the University’s 17th President Sharon L. Gaber on Friday, Sept. 25.

The inauguration ceremony at 3 p.m. in Savage Arena will celebrate the University in the theme of “Tradition, Collaboration and Transformation.”

A processional will begin at 2:30 p.m. from the Student Union — or the Fetterman Training Center if it rains — to Savage Arena for the ceremony, which will be followed by a reception. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Gaber Presidential Portrait University Hall 3580

Gaber began her tenure as UT’s 17th president on July 1. A city and regional planning expert, she came to the UT presidency following six years as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas.

Earlier Friday morning, Gaber will serve as a panelist during an academic symposium at 10 a.m. in Doermann Theater.

Titled “Creating a Social Compact Between the City of Toledo and The University of Toledo: From Knowledge to Action,” other panel participants are:

•  Dr. Michael Dear, professor emeritus of city and regional planning at the University of California at Berkeley;

•  Dr. Kenneth Reardon, professor and director of the graduate program in urban planning and community development at the University of Massachusetts in Boston;

•  Dr. Neil Reid, director of the UT Jack Ford Urban Affairs Center and professor of geography and planning; and

•  John Jones, associate vice president with ProMedical who leads its Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Dr. Patrick Lawrence, UT professor and chair in the Department of Geography and Planning, will be the moderator.

Throughout the week students, faculty, staff and community members will have the opportunity to sign in the Student Union a welcome banner for the President that will be presented to her by Student Government at the inauguration ceremony.

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Media Coverage
The Blade (Sept. 21, 2015)
The Blade (Sept. 25, 2015)
The Blade (Sept. 25, 2015)
NBC 24 (Sept. 25, 2015)
WHIO (Sept. 25, 2015)
WTOL 11 (Sept. 25, 2015)
The Independent Collegian (Sept. 26, 2015)
The Blade (Sept. 26, 2015)
The Blade (Sept. 26, 2015)
WTOL 11, NBC 24, 13 ABC and FOX Toledo (Sept. 28, 2015)

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