UT President - Dr. Sharon L. Gaber

Dear Fellow Rockets and Friends of UT:

June 26, 2017

The summer semester is underway, and we are enjoying some beautiful weather. Even though there are fewer students and faculty on campus, we seem to be as busy as ever. There are multiple construction projects going on, including a major renovation to Carlson Library, that will be ready to greet you when you return to campus.

As we get ready for a successful 2017-18 academic year, we took a few minutes to look over the past year and created a video highlighting many of our achievements.

Chief among UT’s accomplishments were an increased focus on research; improved student enrollment and student retention rates; a new multiple-campus master plan, a strategic enrollment plan and a five-year strategic plan that will guide our path forward. Some of our programs improved national rankings, and we reached a nine-year high in fundraising. Our teaching hospital — The University of Toledo Medical Center — reached a six-year high in patient satisfaction ratings and made national news for significantly lowering its central-line infection rate in the ICU.

We accomplished so much as a result of strong collaboration and dedication by our faculty, our staff, our physicians and our students. And we were helped by hundreds of alumni and community partners, many of whom astonish us at their generosity.

No school can match ours in terms of student engagement. Our students invest hundreds of hours every year in projects to help the local community, as well as communities far beyond Toledo. From the undergraduates who participate in dozens of service organizations to the medical school students who provide basic health care to underserved parts of our city. You can’t imagine how proud I am of all your hard work, and I especially love the Big Event when I see hundreds of students fanning out into the nearby neighborhoods to lend a hand.

I want to thank our faculty, physicians and staff for your unwavering dedication to The University of Toledo and to our students. And, to our students, I want to thank you for entrusting your education — and your future — to us! We are honored to have you call UT home. We look forward to welcoming all of you back in the fall, and to meet our newest members of Rocket Nation.

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

Go Rockets!

Sharon L. Gaber, Ph.D.
President

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Last Updated: 6/26/17