President announces leadership changes

August 11, 2016 | News, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham

UT President Sharon L. Gaber has announced leadership changes to the University’s research and advancement areas that are key to her goals to move The University of Toledo forward.

Dr. Frank Calzonetti will serve as vice president of research, and Sam McCrimmon is no longer employed by the University as the vice president for advancement.

Calzonetti, who currently serves as vice president for government relations, previously led the University’s research operations for a decade before his move to government relations in 2011.

“Frank’s strengths in research administration combined with his experience working with government officials will help advance our efforts to make more robust the research core of the University in an increasingly competitive funding environment,” President Sharon L. Gaber said.

Gaber thanked Dr. William Messer for his service as the vice president for research. He will return to the faculty of the Pharmacology and Medicinal and Biological Chemistry departments.

“I greatly appreciate the opportunity to lead efforts to grow research at The University of Toledo over the past two and a half years. We have built a strong pipeline for translating faculty research into real world applications that connects well with programs available at the state and national levels,” Messer said. “I also greatly appreciate the support I have received from Dr. Gaber, who has made growing research a priority. For a variety of reasons, UT has fallen short of our goal to grow research, and we need to do better. I look forward to offering my support for the new leaders.”

The Office of Governmental Relations will report to UT Chief of Staff Matt Schroeder.

Additionally, a search will be undertaken to replace McCrimmon as the vice president for advancement. In the interim, the Alumni Relations, Development and Special Events offices will report to Brenda Lee, president of the UT Foundation, and the Office of University Marketing and Communications will report directly to Gaber.

“The work that advancement does to elevate UT’s fundraising and messaging on a regional, national and international level is key to UT’s positive future,” Gaber said.

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