Postel Begins Role as Interim President

July 6, 2020 | News, UToday, Alumni
By Dr. Adrienne King

The University of Toledo is under new leadership with Interim President Gregory Postel.

Postel began his appointment as the University’s interim president on July 6 following the departure of Dr. Sharon L. Gaber, who accepted the position of chancellor at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He had served as a special advisor to the Board of Trustees since June 17.

Gregory Postel


Postel is the former interim president and executive vice president for health affairs at the University of Louisville (UofL). Prior to joining UToledo, he served as the senior client partner representing healthcare services and higher education at Korn Ferry, a global organizational consulting firm.

Postel has more than 25 years of leadership experience with university operations, academic medical centers and clinical research, as well as university governance, teaching and research.

“I am truly appreciative of and humbled by the vote of confidence from the Board of Trustees,” Postel said. “I am thoroughly impressed by the mission of The University of Toledo and the outstanding work that has been performed by the campus community under the leadership of President Gaber. This is a very strong foundation on which to build. I’m eager to get started and to work together to make The University of Toledo an even better place.”

In addition to an accomplished career as an academic interventional neuroradiologist, Postel served 18 years as chair of the Department of Radiology at the UofL School of Medicine and held the positions of vice dean for clinical affairs and chair of the board at University Medical Center in Louisville. He was the founding board chair and later CEO of University of Louisville Physicians. Postel served as interim president of UofL in 2017-18 and also spent four years as its executive vice president for health affairs.

During his time in leadership at UofL, Postel oversaw the design and implementation of two academic affiliations, including an eight-year, $33 million per year pediatric affiliation with Norton Healthcare and a $23 million per year adult affiliation agreement with KentuckyOne Health. He also led the planning and construction of the $80 million Pediatrics Medical Office Building; management transition and subsequent board leadership of University of Louisville Hospital; complete restructuring and implementation of the health sciences center budget and creation of two consecutive balanced budgets in the context of flat tuition and with no program closures; and reorganization of the athletics department.

A graduate of the College of Wooster and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Postel completed a residency in radiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and a fellowship in neuroradiology at the Mayo Clinic Foundation.

The University plans to launch a national search for its 18th president in the coming months.

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