Memorial service slated for former dean

September 4, 2012 | Events, UToday
By Vicki L. Kroll

The UT community is invited to come together to remember Dr. Thomas Switzer Friday, Sept. 7, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Driscoll Alumni Center Auditorium.


Swizter, Milan, Mich., who served as dean of the Judith Herb College of Education from 2002 to 2009, died Aug. 29 at age 73.

During his seven years at the helm, the college:

• Continued its accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education;

• Conducted a $12 million renovation to its Gillham Hall home;

• Started and grew the Camp Adventure Youth Services Program, which provides students with service learning experiences with children in the United States and around the globe; and

• Received the single largest gift in the history of The University of Toledo — a $15 million pledge from Judith and Marvin Herb and sons.

When he stepped down, Switzer was named dean emeritus.

Switzer came to UT from the University of Northern Iowa, where he was dean of the College of Education. Prior to that, he was at the University of Michigan School of Education, where he held several positions, including associate dean, associate professor and assistant professor.

He also worked as a curriculum developer for the American Sociological Association’s Sociological Resources for the Social Studies and taught high school social studies in Waterloo, Iowa.

Switzer received his doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Michigan in 1973. He held a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Northern Iowa.

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