Wheatly’s second forum notes importance of health sciences in UT’s future

February 20, 2015 | News, PresidentialSearch
By Meghan Cunningham

Dr. Michele Wheatly reiterated her vision for transformative change at The University of Toledo around the theme of courage, the ability to reframe the problem, and a sense of urgency at her second presidential search open forum on Friday.



Wheatly, one of three finalists to be the University’s 17th president, shared her career experience and familiarity with Ohio due to her tenure at Wright State University combined with her ability to view the institution with a fresh pair of eyes as evidence of her readiness to lead UT.

She is the former provost at West Virginia University currently serving as professor and senior adviser to the president.

On the Health Science Campus for her second opportunity for public comment during her campus visit, Wheatly reframed some of her discussion with an emphasis on the University’s role in caring for patients as well as students and the asset of having the health sciences as part of UT following the merger with the former Medical College of Ohio.

“When you really look at the aging population and all the revolutions that are coming in the treatment of illnesses, health care is going to be a driver of the economy for many years to come,” Wheatly said. “And so any university like this that is able to marry the health sciences with the engineering fields, law, business and all of the arts and sciences undergirding and holding up the pillars is going to be in a very advantageous position in my mind.”

Wheatly answered questions from audience members about her experience with and support of simulation, commitment to diversity, enhancing the university research environment, serving underrepresented students, engaging with the external community, partnering with industry, support of academic libraries and her communication style.

If you would like to share your views with the UT Board of Trustees, fill out the feedback questionnaire available on Wheatly’s profile page on the presidential search website through 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21.

For more information on the presidential search and schedules for future forums for other presidential candidates next week, visit utoledo.edu/presidential-search.

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