For more than three decades, Chuck Lehnert worked to make The University of Toledo campuses welcoming and energy efficient.
Lehnert, who most recently held the position of vice president of corporate relations, will retire July 1. A retirement reception will be held Tuesday, June 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Libbey Hall.
“I’m proud to have spent my career serving The University of Toledo and seven University presidents during that time,” he said. “It has been my pleasure to be part of a team of dedicated professionals committed to the success of our students, the health of our patients, and the strength of our community.”
Lehnert joined the Medical College of Ohio in 1979 and advanced through the facilities division as director, manager, supervisor and engineer before serving as administrative director for campus environment and physical plant when MUO merged with UT.
He served as UT’s vice president for facilities and construction from 2007 to 2011 and held the position of vice president of administration prior to his current role.
“During his more than 35 years with the Medical College of Ohio and The University of Toledo, Chuck has worked diligently to enhance the beauty and function of our campus buildings with an eye toward efficiency,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “The UT community wishes him well in his retirement.”
Under Lehnert’s leadership, the UT Health Science Campus grew to include the Orthopaedic Center and Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center; renovations on Main Campus were recognized for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building standards, including the Memorial Field House and Savage Arena; and Scott Park Campus became a symbol for green energy with solar panels and wind turbines to reduce the University’s carbon footprint.
He also secured $2 million in grants that contributed to the infrastructure for Technology Drive and Research Drive on Health Science Campus and the Research and Technology Complex on Main Campus.
Lehnert will contribute his institutional knowledge as the master of ceremonies for the 10-year anniversary celebration of the UT-MUO merger scheduled for Thursday, June 16, at 3 p.m. in Health Education Building Room 100 on Health Science Campus.