The University of Toledo has contracted with the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) Search firm to assist with hiring an interim president to assume the institution’s chief leadership role following the departure of President Sharon L. Gaber announced last week.
“The Board has expressed support for the University’s current leadership team and the dedicated faculty and staff who are all working incredibly hard to continue our academic mission in service to our students,” UToledo Board of Trustees Chair Mary Ellen Pisanelli said. “Our priority is to hire a strong interim president with demonstrated financial and leadership skills to lead our campus during this transition.”
AGB Search specializes in executive leadership searches exclusively for higher education, including interim positions. The firm has a strong reputation within the industry for identifying strong candidates –– recently retired or late-career professionals –– who are prepared to step in quickly and assist with a leadership transition. No public funds are being used to pay for the AGB contract, but rather private funds from the UT Foundation.
The firm’s managing principal and UToledo alumnus, Dr. Roderick McDavis, will lead the search. An experienced higher education administrator himself, he served as the president at Ohio University. He has overseen the presidential searches at a number of higher education institutions, including University of Minnesota, Boise State University, Seminole State College and Florida State College at Jacksonville.
The University is expected to launch a national search for the next president in the fall. The UToledo Board of Trustees has committed to keeping the campus and greater Toledo communities informed throughout the process.
“As stewards of one of Ohio’s largest public research universities, I can’t imagine a more important responsibility,” Pisanelli said. “At the same time, we will continue to address the immediate and ongoing fiscal challenges that universities and hospitals across the nation are confronting including exploring all options regarding the future of UTMC.”