Senior Administrators

President of The University of Toledo

Sharon GaberSharon Gaber, Ph.D.

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

During her first three years at UToledo, 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 UToledo 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 UToledo.


Dr. Sharon Gaber
Main Campus University Hall

Room #3500, Mail Stop 946
Phone: 419.530.2211

Katie DeBenedictis
Sr. Director of Administrative Operations
Phone: 419.530.5660
Fax 419.530.4984

Julianne Bonitati
Administrative Assistant to the President
Phone: 419.530.2211
Fax 419.530.4984

Last Updated: 7/12/19