Inauguration of Sharon Gaber as UT’s 17th president, events scheduled

September 10, 2015 | Events, News, UToday
By Staff

The University of Toledo will mark the historic inauguration of UT’s 17th President Sharon L. Gaber Friday, Sept. 25. The campus community and the public are invited to attend.

A processional will begin at 2:30 p.m. from the Student Union — or the Fetterman Training Center if it rains — to Savage Arena. The inauguration ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. and be followed by a reception open to the public in the arena.

Gaber save the dateEarlier Friday morning, Gaber will serve as a panelist during a UT academic symposium on urban planning at 10 a.m. in Doermann Theater.

Titled “Creating a Social Compact Between the City of Toledo and The University of Toledo: From Knowledge to Action,” other panel participants will include Dr. Michael Dear, professor emeritus of city and regional planning at the University of California at Berkeley, and Dr. Kenneth Reardon, professor and director of the graduate program in urban planning and community development at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.

In addition, a website has been established to let supporters send congratulations to the president; click here.

A number of University events are scheduled in the days leading up to and after the inauguration. A listing is available here.

Listed by date, events will include:

Monday, Sept. 21, through Thursday, Sept. 24
Sign President Gaber’s welcome banner at the Student Union entrance by the Toledo Edison Memorial Fountain on Main Campus and at the Four Seasons Bistro on Health Science Campus. Those who stop by will receive a free inauguration T-shirt while supplies last.

Monday, Sept. 21
• Distinguished University Professor Lecture, 11 a.m., Doermann Theater. Dr. Clinton O. Longenecker, Distinguished University Professor of Management and director of the UT Center for Leadership and Organizational Excellence, will give a talk titled “Career Success and Survival in the 21st Century — The Power of Slowing Down, Thinking and Acting With Intent.”

Tuesday, Sept. 22
Judith Herb College of Education Distinguished Lecture featuring Dr. Renato De Oliveira Brito, deputy head of strategic management, Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, 4:15 p.m., Rocket Hall Room 1520. His talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Robin Chase, co-founder and former CEO of ZipCar, the largest car-sharing company in the world, 7 p.m., Doermann Theater. Tickets for the free event are available at

Wednesday, Sept. 23
• Student Government reception for President Gaber, 7:30 p.m. Student Union Ingman Room.

Thursday, Sept. 24
• President’s Backyard Barbecue, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Centennial Mall. Students, faculty and staff are invited to stop by lunch.

• “Greater Toledo: The City in the World,” 2:30 p.m., the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections in Carlson Library. This exhibit celebrates those global connections by examining the people and organizations from Toledo who have shaped — and been shaped by — the world.

Saturday, Sept. 26

• Tailgate Party, 5:30 p.m., Koester Alumni Pavilion. President Gaber will speak at 6 p.m.

• UT vs. Arkansas State, time to be announced, Glass Bowl. Tickets range from $12.50 to $60; UT employees can purchase tickets for half price; students are admitted free with ID.

Sunday, Sept. 27
• Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, 9:30 a.m., downtown Toledo. Join President Gaber and UT Board of Trustees Chair Sharon Speyer, both breast cancer survivors, who are co-captains of the University’s team, Rocket to a Cure. Sign up to walk or run or make a donation at

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