Citing the importance of the duties of the chief of staff and vice president for government relations, University of Toledo President Sharon Gaber recently announced her intention to separate the job into two positions and appointed Matt Schroeder, chief operating officer for the UT Foundation, as her chief of staff.In the new role, Schroeder will manage the operational functions of the Office of the President, serve as an internal and external liaison, and have responsibilities for promoting and advancing the interests and mission of the University by supporting the vision and goals of the president.
“Matt will be a key member of my senior leadership team,” Gaber said. “He knows the key people and issues at the University and in the community, and has nearly two decades of institutional memory across all UT campuses.”
Schroeder’s start date in his new role has not yet been finalized.
Dr. Frank Calzonetti, vice president for government relations, will continue to report directly to Gaber.
“Given the goals I have for UT and how important strong relationships with elected and government officials are for our education, health-care and research missions, I think it is critical for Frank and his team to focus efforts in this space,” Gaber said. “And Frank’s leadership will be essential for UT’s success.”
Gaber has spent significant time since arriving in Toledo engaging local, state and national government leaders, a level of engagement she said she plans to maintain throughout her presidency.
Calzonetti will continue to provide leadership for key strategic initiatives, including UT’s Water Task Force, the Jack Ford Urban Affairs Center, and University relationships with organizations such as the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities and the Council on Competitiveness.