UT president announces national search for next provost

October 8, 2015 | News, UToday
By Jon Strunk

In the coming weeks, The University of Toledo will begin a national search for the institution’s next provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, UT President Sharon L. Gaber announced Thursday.

“The position of provost will play a critical role in advancing UT’s academic standing on a national stage and advance an academic culture that ensures our students and faculty achieve success,” Gaber said.

“From the recruitment of strong students and top faculty to increased scholarship and research expenditures to greater philanthropic giving for academic priorities, UT’s next provost will leave an indelible mark on this University,” she said.

Gaber said Interim Provost John Barrett will continue serving in the role until a permanent provost begins his or her tenure.

“I deeply appreciate John’s work and am grateful for the time and dedication for UT he has demonstrated as interim provost,” she said.

“Serving as interim provost for President Gaber, as well as for Interim President Nagi Naganathan, has been an honor,” Barrett said, “and it has been my great pleasure during the past 15 months to help strengthen the University from this office.

“I’d like to thank the Board of Trustees, the senior leadership team, and the deans, my colleagues, the faculty and all of the members of the UT community for your support since last July and in the months ahead.”

Gaber said Dr. Kaye Patten Wallace, senior vice president for student affairs, will chair a search committee that is being established and a search firm will be engaged to ensure that a diverse pool of the highest-caliber candidates is identified for consideration.

“I look forward to a collaborative process that incorporates input from key stakeholders across the University and among our alumni, friends and supporters,” Gaber said.

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