UT President - Dr. Sharon L. Gaber

May, 1, 2017

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

As spring semester comes to a close, I want to thank you ALL for another fantastic year!

Together, we’ve celebrated some major achievements in advancing the University’s goals in 2016-17. From improving our national rankings and increasing new research grants by more than 45 percent year-to-date … to growing enrollment and boosting fundraising to achieve a nine-year high, Rocket Nation continued on its upward trajectory.

While we still face serious budget issues due, in part, to the additional two-year tuition freeze announced by the state, we’ve made some good progress in filling a multimillion-dollar gap. Although we’re still not out of the woods, rest assured we’ll continue seeking innovative ways to ensure UT’s long-term sustainability. I want to thank both faculty and staff for working hard to curb expenditures and use resources wisely.

I’m especially proud that our students made significant contributions to our community this past year, with student-athletes performing 2,500 hours of volunteer service, in addition to the 4,000 hours UT students contributed during The Big Event. Combined with other volunteerism and fundraising done through campus-wide and Greek activities, our students clearly are making a measurable impact. Thank you!

On our Health Science Campus, earlier this year we recognized the importance of keeping UTMC as a teaching hospital to best serve our patients and community while also preserving jobs. And, with 27 fourth-year College of Medicine students pursuing their residencies right here in Toledo (a record-high number!), we’re well-positioned to provide northwest Ohio with much-needed physicians in the coming years.

Looking ahead, this fall we’ll implement a 15-week semester to offer more flexibility in the classroom and with experiential learning. We’re also requiring second-year students to live on campus, which promotes their academic success and campus engagement. Along with bringing new popular eateries to Main Campus and our Engineering complex, all of these initiatives help to create a more student-centered environment.

Finally, I want to recognize our faculty, physicians, staff and researchers for working hard to discover new knowledge and provide exceptional service to our students, patients and other stakeholders. A great university starts with great people; and, given your proven commitment to excellence, UT’s future looks bright!

Please enjoy a safe and relaxing summer, and I’ll look forward to seeing you around campus this summer or next fall.

Thanks again … and Go Rockets!

Sharon L. Gaber, Ph.D.

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Last Updated: 5/1/17