UT President - Dr. Sharon L. Gaber

Dr. Sharon L. Gaber

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

At UT, Dr. Gaber is focused on elevating the national stature of one of the country’s most comprehensive institutions of higher education. Education Dive has named her one of five higher education leaders to watch in 2018 and beyond.

During her first three years at UT, Dr. Gaber has: increased student enrollment; strengthened the University’s focus on research; added programs and training to improve diversity, inclusion and sexual assault awareness; implemented myriad strategies to promote student success, including requiring second-year students to live on campus, launching the Tuition Guarantee and digital course content programs to help keep a UT degree affordable, and created an agreement with the local transit provider; elevated faculty and staff recognition; increased philanthropy; and enacted numerous cost-saving measures while seeking new ways to generate revenue.

Dr. Gaber has secured millions in research funding and is the author of 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.

She currently serves on the boards of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Regional Growth Partnership and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. She also serves as the Mid-American Conference representative on the Division 1 NCAA President’s Forum.

Dr. Gaber earned her bachelor’s degree from Occidental College, a master’s degree 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: 8/21/18