UT President - Dr. Sharon L. Gaber

Jan. 14, 2019

Dear UT Community,

Happy 2019 and welcome to spring semester! I've enjoyed seeing many of you around campus after what I hope was a fun, restful winter break with friends and family.

I believe that 2019 presents an opportunity to continue the positive energy and excitement the Rocket community experienced as we concluded last year. Everywhere you look, The University of Toledo is elevating its national profile, improving student success or celebrating a culture of excellence on campus. Here are just a few examples:

  • Research at UT on how blue light from our devices can potentially damage the retinas in your eyes was recently named a top 100 most talked about science paper of 2018. Additionally, R&D Magazine recognized a synthetic bone graft substitute developed on campus as one of the year's most exceptional innovations in science and technology.
  • We recently welcomed several people to new roles on our senior leadership team: Dr. Karen Bjorkman, interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs; Matt Schroeder, interim executive vice president for finance and administration, and CFO; Jim Anderson, vice president for enrollment management; Dr. Adrienne King, associate vice president of marketing and communications, and Diane Miller, interim chief of staff and associate vice president for government relations.
  • UT was selected to participate in an ambitious national effort with the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) to increase college access, close the achievement gap and award hundreds of thousands more degrees by 2025.
  • Since introducing Lime scooters on campus, more than 5,500 people have logged 19,000 miles and we doubled the number of scooters available on campus to keep up with demand.
  • Our second annual Day of Giving in October exceeded expectations with more than double 2017's participation and more than $717,000 raised to support UT programs. Additionally, hundreds of Rocket faculty, staff and retirees once again helped surpass UT's Charitable Campaign goal, pledging more than $129,000 in gifts for the United Way campaign that benefits our community.
  • The new Center for Alumni and Donor Engagement at 4510 Dorr St., made possible with the generous gift from Welltower, is the new location for the UT Foundation and the University's development, alumni and special events offices.

You are making this progress happen — fueled by the passion and dedication of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and community partners, I'm confident 2019 will bring our University to new heights and look forward to seeing where your hard work will take us. Please continue to let us know of your successes, and any suggestions on how to make this a year to remember.

Here's to an outstanding spring semester ... and Go Rockets!


Sharon L. Gaber, Ph.D.


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Last Updated: 1/14/19