UT President - Dr. Sharon L. Gaber

Dr. Sharon L. GaberDr. Sharon L. Gaber began her tenure as the 17th president of The University of Toledo in summer 2015. An academic with expertise in city and regional planning, she joined UT following six years as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas. She also has been an administrator and faculty member at Auburn University and the University of Nebraska.

Dr. Gaber is focused on achieving five strategic priorities for UT: improving student success; gaining national prominence in research, scholarship and creative activities; fostering a culture of excellence for faculty, staff and alumni; building a strong financial base; and strengthening community engagement.

She has worked collaboratively with faculty and staff to build a more vibrant campus culture and grow community partnerships. During her first three years at UT, Dr. Gaber has:

  • Increased student enrollment for the first time in six years, plus improved student retention;
  • Strengthened research, doubling external funding over the past year alone;
  • Increased programs and training to improve diversity and inclusion, as well as sexual assault awareness;
  • Implemented numerous strategies to promote student success, including requiring second-year students to live on campus and developing programs to help students transfer to UT and to graduate earlier;
  • Established additional communication channels to better connect with faculty, staff and students;  
  • Launched a faculty leadership institute, a presidential fellowship and a staff leadership development program; and
  • Enacted numerous cost-saving measures while helping to keep a UT degree affordable, including offering a new tuition guarantee program and digital course content program beginning in fall 2018.

Further, Dr. Gaber has secured millions in research funding and is the author of more than 40 peer-reviewed articles on regional and urban planning, public policy and the social dynamics that affect community decision-making. She also is the co-author of a book on planning research methods.

An ardent community supporter, Dr. Gaber currently serves on the boards of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Regional Growth Partnership and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. Additionally, she is the MAC representative on the Division I NCAA President’s Forum.

Dr. Gaber earned her bachelor’s from Occidental College in Los Angeles, a master’s from the University of Southern California, and her doctoral degree in city and regional planning from Cornell University. She is the mother of three, including a daughter who attends UT.

Last Updated: 5/17/18