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UT presidential search committee members named

University of Toledo Board of Trustees Chair Joseph Zerbey announced the members of the search committee that will recommend an unranked slate of presidential candidates to the board for its selection.

Zerbey will serve as chair of the search committee, and Board Vice Chair Sharon Speyer will serve as vice chair of the committee.

“This is a committee representing the broad diversity of The University of Toledo and the expansive impact it has on so many groups of people,” Zerbey said. “The committee includes students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors. It has representatives from colleges and departments across UT’s campuses, and it reflects the University community in terms of ethnicity, viewpoint and professional experiences.”

Also serving on the committee will be:

• Dave Morlock, executive vice president for finance and administration and chief executive officer of UT Medical Center;

• Dr. Karen Hoblet, president of the Faculty Senate and assistant professor of nursing;

• Dr. Karen Bjorkman, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics;

• Dr. Johnnie Early, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences;

• Dr. Ali Fatemi, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering;

• Dr. Kris Brickman, professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine;

• Dr. Sonia Najjar, Hiss Endowed Professor of Diabetes Research in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology;

• Mike O’Brien, vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics;

• Clayton Notestine, president of Student Government;

• Connie Zouhary, vice chair of the UT Foundation Board and executive vice president of Buckenmeyer & King, CPA;

• Bob Savage, co-founder of Savage & Associates, former UT Board of Trustees member, a UT donor and recipient of a UT honorary degree;

• Susan Palmer, former UT Board of Trustees member and a UT donor;

• George Chapman, former CEO of Health Care REIT, former MCO and UT Board of Trustees member, and a UT donor;

• Luis Santiago, chief, Toledo Fire and Rescue;

• Greg Kopan, CEO of Beacon Financial, former chair of the UT Foundation, and a member of the UT real estate committee;

• Richard McQuade, former federal district judge, former UT Board of Trustees member, a UT donor and a holder of two UT degrees;

• Chuck Sullivan, retired CEO of Interstate Bakeries, former chair of the UT Foundation Board of Trustees, a UT donor and recipient of a UT honorary degree;

• Calvin Lawshe, former UT vice president for student affairs and former city of Toledo administrator.

“This is an incredibly dynamic and complex time for higher education and the health-care industry, and I have no doubt that the collective wisdom, expertise and points of view represented by this committee will help us find the man or woman who will be a great leader for UT in the years to come,” Zerbey said.

UT development successes highlighted in national magazine

When talking to a donor, The University of Toledo development offices have a collaborative system, which was described in a nationally published magazine article in June.

development articleSenior Associate Athletic Director David Nottke and Associate Vice President of Development Barbara Tartaglia-Poure co-wrote the article explaining the successful collaboration between the UT Athletic Development team and the Institutional Advancement development team when soliciting donors. It was published in the National Association of Athletic Development Directors’ monthly magazine.

The issues discussed in the article are problems that plague development offices at universities across the nation. Mainly, who is the appropriate contact from the university when a donor is interested in supporting a specific college or program that is important to them, as well as being interested in supporting the athletics programs?

“Nothing is more unprofessional looking to our supporters than having a development officer from one of our colleges go on a visit only to find out that a different development officer had visited that donor recently,” Tartaglia-Poure said. “It looks like one hand doesn’t know what the other is doing. So we created a new system that is donor-centric and it is working great at The University of Toledo.”

In early 2012, Nottke and Tartaglia-Poure had a series of discussions on how athletics and central development could work more effectively together. One of the key points of emphasis during these discussions was the collaboration of prospect management efforts. A major gifts officer for athletics was hired to assist with athletic fundraising goals. This individual works out the central Development Office with a reporting line to Tartaglia-Poure and a collaborative line to Nottke and the Athletic Department. This team approach has proven to be very beneficial to the University.

By collaborating, it makes it easier to connect a donor with the correct solicitor, Nottke explained. For example, if a donor was interested in giving to UT’s medical department and to athletics, Nottke felt the new structure of collaboration helped him to reach out to the appropriate individual that knew more about medicine. Working together as a team, they could decide who the appropriate person was to approach the donor and make a collaborative solicitation from both departments.

“At the end of the day, the donor drives the decision,” Nottke said. “The donors are going to tell us what they want to support. We have to be the facilitators to that support.”

Tartaglia-Poure said this process made the donors view UT as a more organized, professional body, which she believes has helped increase donations.

“On the outside looking in, they see The University of Toledo as one entity,” she said. “It puts us in a very professional light. It’s really increased collaboration.”

Nottke and Tartaglia-Poure said while it was great that they had the opportunity to share UT’s successful system with other universities in a national magazine, it’s all part of the job in their eyes.

“It is part of what we do,” Nottke said. “I think more than anything, it’s good for the University. It’s not necessarily about us; it’s that we work for The University of Toledo. It’s a team effort.”

To read Nottke and Tartaglia-Poure’s article, click here.

Tee it up for breast cancer support group at golf benefit

Sign up for the third annual Wacky Jackie Golf Benefit, which will take place Friday, Aug. 15, at Valleywood Golf Club, 13501 Airport Highway, Swanton.



Registration will begin at noon, followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

The event is named in honor of Jackie Ayers, a nurse, alumna and retired faculty member of the former Medical College of Ohio. She lost her battle to breast cancer in 2012.

University retirees Kathy McVicker and Sherry Andrews started the outing to honor their longtime colleague, who was a member of the UT women’s golf league.

Cost for the benefit is $80 per person and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, boxed lunch, drink tickets, gift bag and awards dinner in the Valleywood Clubhouse.

Proceeds will support the UT Medical Center Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group and the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center’s Integrative Therapies Program.

Register here until the day of the event.

For more information, contact McVicker kmcvicker@bex.net or 419.704.9130 or Andrews at sherry.andrews@utoledo.edu or 419.491.0227.

Faculty, staff invited to participate in New Student Convocation

A letter sent to the University community is seeking interested faculty and staff to attend and participate in the New Student Convocation Friday, Aug. 22.

“I invite you to be present and participate in the New Student Convocation to greet our new students,” said Dr. Kaye Patten Wallace, senior vice president for the student experience. “Convocation is the second phase of orientation at UT. Students will hear from key administrators, faculty and student leaders, and will be inducted into the Rocket family.”

Faculty and staff are asked to arrive at 3:15 p.m. near the Sullivan Athletic Complex entrance of Savage Arena. Attire is business professional.

During the program, faculty and staff will be acknowledged and asked to stand and be introduced to the students.

The New Student Convocation will start at 4 p.m., and a Welcome Carnival, providing free dinner and games for students, will begin at 5 p.m. in Lot 5. Evening entertainment in the Flatlands will start at 7 p.m.

“Thank you in advance for your support of this great event,” Patten Wallace said.

Contact Tamika Mitchell at tamika.dobbins@utoledo.edu by Wednesday, Aug. 6, if you are able to attend and participate.

UT to host climate preparedness roundtable July 30 to provide feedback to White House task force

The University of Toledo will host a community discussion on preparedness for climate change to assist a White House task force addressing the issue.

The Roundtable on Resilience in the Face of Climate Impact will be held Wednesday, July 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Nitschke Hall’s SSOE Conference Room on Main Campus. The event is open to faculty, staff, students and community members.

Paula Brooks, a member of the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience and Franklin County commissioner, will lead the local discussion as part of her efforts to collect information and suggestions for the task force to present to President Obama. The UT roundtable will focus on reducing federal barriers and redirection for existing federal funding.

UT faculty members to offer their subject matter expertise include:

• Dr. Defne Apul, associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, who will speak about infrastructure issues;

• Dr. Scott Heckathorn, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, will address agriculture and growing issues;

• Dr. Sanjay Khare, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will speak about energy issues; and

• Dr. Andy Jorgensen, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will address education issues.

As part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, Obama signed an executive order Nov. 1 establishing the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise the administration on how the federal government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change.

The State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience will provide recommendations to the president on removing barriers to resilient investments, modernizing federal grant and loan programs to better support local efforts, and developing the information and tools they need to prepare, among other measures.

UT cardiologist named next medical dean

The new University of Toledo dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences won’t have to worry about getting to know the campus.



Interim President Nagi Naganathan announced today that Dr. Christopher Cooper, UT chair of the Department of Medicine, has been selected following a national search to lead the college, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.

“Dr. Cooper is one of our most dedicated clinicians, teachers and medical researchers. We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have him in Toledo these last 20 years, and I am pleased that he has accepted my invitation to lead our College of Medicine and Life Sciences. Chris’ commitment to interdisciplinary innovations in education and research will serve our university well in the years to come,” Naganathan said.

Cooper, a cardiologist, joined the Medical College of Ohio in 1994 after completing an internship, his residency training and a cardiology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an internationally recognized hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

“I’m honored to accept this role because I know firsthand the hard-working and talented faculty and staff that make this College of Medicine a place that I have been proud to serve for the past two decades,” Cooper said. “I want to thank Dr. Naganathan and Interim Provost John Barrett for their confidence, and I am looking forward to working with the students, faculty and staff of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences to continue elevating this college, the UT Medical Center and the University.”

Cooper will report to Naganathan for all clinical matters and to Barrett for the college’s academic mission.

“Perhaps the only thing about Chris that is more impressive than his teaching and research excellence is the tremendous amount of respect his students and colleagues hold for him. As we continue to work to advance all colleges at UT, it is clear the College of Medicine and Life Sciences is in good hands,” Barrett said.

Cooper also will work closely with Dave Morlock, CEO of UT Medical Center.

“As the health-care industry evolves, it is more critical now than ever to have a close working relationship between the clinical and academic missions of the UT Medical Center,” Morlock said. “Dr. Cooper has one of the sharpest minds spanning those two worlds, and I’m excited to continue working with him now in this new role as dean.”

Naganathan also said he was deeply appreciative of Dr. Ron McGinnis for his service as the college’s interim dean since February.

“Ron has provided stable leadership at an important moment in the history of our institution. I’m profoundly thankful to him, and I look forward to his continued guidance and friendship,” Naganathan said.

Cooper was appointed interim chair of the Department of Medicine in 2012 and was named to the permanent post in April 2013. From 2002 to 2012, he served as director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, and from 2008 to 2011, he also served as director of the UT Heart and Vascular Center.

A prolific researcher, Cooper has received more than $25 million from the government and industry. The principal investigator on a $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Cooper and his team announced results in late 2013 that could lead to fewer surgeries and lower costs for patients suffering from kidney-related high blood pressure. These results were published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

He is a Fellow at the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the American College of Physicians. Since 2012, he has served on the Board of Governors of the National American College of Cardiology and is president of the Ohio Chapter.

He has been named one of America’s Top Doctors seven times, one of the Best Doctors in America four times, is the author or co-author of 67 journal articles and six book chapters, and has participated in hundreds of invited lectures, seminars and symposia.

Cooper received his bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and his doctorate in medicine from the University of Cincinnati, where he graduated as the class valedictorian.

He and his wife, Lynn, have four children, Emily, Katherine, Johnathan and Peter.

End-of-Summer Research Symposium to take place this week

The UT community is invited to attend the End-of-Summer Research Symposium Thursday, July 31, in the Student Union.

research-symposiumResearch presentations will be made by undergraduate students participating in the following Office of Undergraduate Research programs:

• First-Year Summer Research Experience Program;

• Undergraduate Summer Research and Creative Activity Program;

• UT-City of Toledo Internship Program;

• National Science Foundation-Research Experiences for Undergraduates Physics Grant;

• Building Ohio’s Sustainable Energy Future; and

• Individual faculty grants and other support, including volunteers.

UT Vice Provost Margaret Traband will give opening remarks at 9:15 a.m. in Student Union Room 2582.

Oral presentations will begin at 9:15 a.m. and at 1 p.m. in Student Union Room 2582.

Poster presentations will start at 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. in Student Union 2584.

According to Dr. Thomas Kvale, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, undergraduates benefit from having research opportunities, which help them:

• Clarify academic and career interests;

• Acquire knowledge in an academic field that transcends the classroom;

• Understand how research differs across disciplines;

• Strengthen critical thinking skills, problem solving, and work independently;

• Find a faculty mentor;

• Enhance a resumé for graduate school, professional school or employment;

•Apply theories to real-life situations; and

• Learn and/or experience the methodologies, tools and techniques.

Visit utoledo.edu/honors/undergradresearch for details.

Trustees, presidential search firm lay out timeline for search process

The University of Toledo Board of Trustees approved the formation of a presidential search committee at a special meeting July 25 and asked Board Chairman Joseph Zerbey to identify members and convene the group.

The board also approved the search committee’s charge. The moves by the board are further steps in a timeline that was given additional definition Friday by trustees in consultation with search firm Witt/Kieffer of Oak Brook, Ill.

“The search committee will be representative of the many constituent groups that make UT so special,” Zerbey said. “Serving on the committee will be faculty, staff, students, deans, alumni, donors and community members, and we are working to ensure we have diversity of gender, ethnicity, viewpoint and campus.

“UT’s next president will be responsible for leading a large, complex organization, and we want to be sure as many of those viewpoints as possible have a voice,” he said.

Search Consultants Dennis Barden and Carson Dye told the board they plan to begin informing potential candidates of the opening at UT and start laying the groundwork for active recruitment in mid-August.

In late August and early September, once the entire campus community has returned, UT will hold a series of open forums to solicit feedback from the University community regarding the types of characteristics, qualities and professional experiences desired for the next president.

Barden and Dye said they will use the information obtained by conversations with the board, faculty, staff and students, along with responses provided through the open forums and the presidential search website, to aggressively recruit potential candidates during the fall.

The process will ultimately include two rounds of interviews — nine to 10 semi-finalists that will be interviewed by the search committee, and two to five finalists who will be invited to UT for a campus visit.

Larry Burns, UT vice president for external affairs, will coordinate the campus visits.

“Our plan and our goal is to have each candidate meet with as many campus members as possible, including a number of open forums for UT students, faculty and staff,” Burns said.

Barden estimated that finalists would be interviewing on campus in January with the hope that the board would identify and announce its selection of UT’s 17th president in February.

“The presidency of a public research university is a unique position and the process for selecting her or him must be tailored to that reality,” Barden said. “We’re committed to helping The University of Toledo trustees, faculty, staff and students identify a leader who they believe will elevate this university on the national stage.”

Baseball Dugout Club to hold golf outing at Bedford Hills Golf Club Aug. 8

The Toledo Baseball Dugout Club will hold its annual golf outing Friday, Aug. 8.

thumb-rocket-color-logoThe event will be held at the Bedford Hills Golf Club, 6400 Jackman Road, Temperance, Mich., with a shotgun start beginning at 1:15 p.m.

The entry fee for the outing is $100 per person (graduated prior to 2010) or $75 (graduated 2010 or later) with all proceeds going to the Rocket Baseball Program. Individuals may form their own foursome or be placed in one.

The fee includes use of the driving range prior to the event, a participation gift, pre-golf lunch, golf and a post-golf dinner.

UT Baseball Coach Cory Mee also is offering opportunities for hole sponsorship for the outing for $100. Anyone can sponsor a hole, including individuals, families, businesses and teams.

For more information on the golf outing, call Mee at 419.530.6263. The 12th-year skipper is asking golfers to RSVP by Friday, Aug. 1.

UTMC road construction set to take place July 29-Aug. 1

Starting Tuesday, July 29, two roads surrounding The University of Toledo Medical Center will be repaved.

The construction schedule for Hospital Drive and Transverse Drive is as follows:

• Tuesday, July 29: Milling of Hospital Drive will begin at 7 a.m.

• Wednesday, July 30: Milling of Transverse Drive will begin at 7 a.m., and paving of both roads will start at 6 p.m. The main entrance on Arlington will be closed at this time.

• Thursday, July 31: The main Arlington entrance is scheduled to reopen at 6 a.m.

• Friday, Aug. 1: Paving of speed bumps and striping of roadways will begin at 7 a.m.

During the construction phase, flaggers will be present to help direct traffic flow. There will be intermittent lane restrictions, but at all times there will be access to emergency vehicles.

In the event of inclement weather, the schedule will be adjusted accordingly.

For more information, call Facilities and Construction on the Health Science Campus at 419.383.6720.