TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - The University of Toledo has chosen Dr. Sharon Gaber to be the school's next president.
Dr. Gaber joins UT from the University of Arkansas, where she served as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
"I'm excited, this is a great opportunity, and I'm so looking forward to joining the University," said Dr. Gaber.
She says she has several new initiatives in store for UT.
"My goal is to help the University move forward. It's some of what I was able to do at the University of Arkansas, some of what everybody here has said we've got great things on campus, great pieces, and it's really putting them all together and making progress," said Dr. Gaber.
And interacting positively with the students and faculty is a part of her plan.
"I think really I'm going to spend some time getting to know the people on campus and then being able to help them move the University forward. I'm excited about everything, really," she Dr. Gaber.
As the University's first female President, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees Joseph Zerbey says Dr. Gaber will hit the ground running.
"I think she's going to bring a high level of leadership, she is extremely interested (in) and committed to increasing enrollment, to increasing giving to the foundation, to interacting with alums, but most importantly, delivering great education to the students," said Zerbey.
The university released the following information about Gaber's experience:
Prior to her current role, which Dr. Sharon L. Gaber has held since 2009, she served in multiple roles in the provost's office at Auburn University, including interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, senior associate provost, and associate provost for academic administration.
She served as an associate dean in the College of Architecture and before that, served as department chair and assistant chair in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Gaber earned her bachelor's degree from Occidental College, a master's from the University of Southern California and her doctorate in city and regional planning from Cornell University.