The University of Toledo will celebrate the investiture of Dr. Gregory Postel as its 18th president at 10 a.m. today in Nitschke Auditorium.
The traditional academic ceremony commemorating the beginning of a new president’s tenure is part of UToledo’s 2021 Homecoming activities leading up to the parade and Rocket football game against Northern Illinois University.
During his first year at UToledo, Postel led the safe reopening of campus during the COVID-19 pandemic and the stabilization of finances at The University of Toledo Medical Center.
“President Postel has already proven that he is the right leader, at the right time for our University,” said Alfred Baker, chair of the UToledo Board of Trustees. “We are proud to formally install him as UToledo’s 18th president. An investiture is a collegiate tradition, but also a community event because of UToledo’s engagement across the region.”
“I am proud to be part of an institution with such a rich, impactful history,” Postel said. “Thank you to the community for the incredible welcome during an unprecedented year. I’m looking forward to all of the exciting Homecoming events and working together to chart our course for the University’s future.”
The event is free and open to all UToledo students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public. It will feature a procession of UToledo faculty as well as delegates from other institutions of higher education in Ohio in full academic regalia.
The ceremony will be streamed live for those unable to attend in person at video.utoledo.edu.
Dr. Edward Halperin, chancellor and chief executive officer of New York Medical College and provost for biomedical affairs of the Touro College and University System, will give the investiture address. Halperin and Postel worked together at the University of Louisville (UofL).
Postel is the former interim president and executive vice president for health affairs at 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.
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.
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.