Vice President of Corporate Relations
Chuck Lehnert has over 30 years experience in higher education administration. He began his career at the Medical College of Ohio (MCO) and joined The University of Toledo when the institutions merged in 2006.
Throughout his career as a Plant Engineer and then ultimately being promoted to Vice President for Facilities and Construction, Chuck identified and improved many processes to increase overall efficiencies and reduce the University’s overall utility usage. As his career evolved, Chuck developed the first “Facilities Condition Analysis”, projecting the University’s overall deferred maintenance five years into the future. He applied his expertise by reengineering several MCO and UT service lines creating efficiencies in overall cost and design redundancy. This resulted in streamlining processes while creating a responsive team of customer-service driven leaders. Under his leadership in Facilities and Construction, Chuck led his team in achieving some of the top scores in a statewide analysis of university facilities operations (Sightlines).
As Vice President of Administration, Chuck successfully reengineered the structure and processes of UT’s Office of Human Resources and Campus Safety which was re-launched as Human Resources and Talent Development. By separating campus safety services from the human resource functions, he was able to lead this new division into a customer-service focused, full-service, human resources office. This included recruiting, onboarding, labor relations and benefits as well as talent development and strategic HR and succession planning functions. In addition, campus police and environmental safety departments were streamlined into one Office of Public Safety. This reengineering of departments resulted in cost savings and streamlining of all safety services at UT.
Now as Vice President of Corporate Relations, Chuck continues to lead the Office of Research and Innovation. In his current role, Chuck is charged with developing initiatives and relationships between the University and community colleges and other universities, as well as other public and private entities on a local, state, national and international level. These relationships allow UT to not only develop relationships of educational cooperation and partnership, but to provide new and exciting pathways for students to come to The University of Toledo.
Chuck is personally committed to The University of Toledo and its achievement and success.