Incoming president gets to build cabinet – Toledo Blade

















Sharon Gaber, who assumes the University of Toledo presidency on July 1, has  a search under way for the vice president of advancement, a job that will combine two former positions.

Sharon Gaber, who assumes the University of Toledo presidency on July 1, has a search under way for the vice president of advancement, a job that will combine two former positions.
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Several senior administrator openings at the University of Toledo mean the incoming president will have a chance to build her own team.


Sharon Gaber, who assumes the UT presidency July 1, already has begun making strides to fill two spots in her cabinet — by combining them into one post.


A national search is under way for a vice president of advancement, a job that will fold in the responsibilities of the vice president of institutional advancement and the vice president for external affairs.


Vern Snyder, who is in charge of institutional advancement, previously retired but returned to help with the position. Lawrence Burns, the former vice president for external affairs, left earlier this year for a job at the University of Akron.


Mr. Snyder’s annual salary is $228,435; Mr. Burns made $216,642 at UT, according to UT spokesman Jon Strunk.


Ms. Gaber will take the opportunity to blend the two roles and “reduce administrative overhead.” She hopes to review finalists for the position a month after her arrival.


“I think we can take the two VPs, merge them into one, get an outstanding person, and perhaps save a little bit of money,” she said.


Duties of the administrator will include fund-raising, alumni relations, special events, marketing, and communications. The position will report to Ms. Gaber.


Currently, there are 13 senior administrators at the university. Ms. Gaber said she plans to take time to see how everyone works together before making any big changes, and her decisions could affect high-profile posts that pull down substantial salaries.


That includes positions presently filled by interim administrators, such as interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs John Barrett, an associate professor in the college of law who took over the position in July after Scott Scarborough left to be Akron’s president.


Mr. Barrett’s annual salary is $310,000.


Ms. Gaber, who most recently served as University of Arkansas’ provost, said she’s spoken with Mr. Barrett and wants to see how they would work together before deciding if he’ll stay on as provost or not.


Mr. Barrett said he’s excited about the direction of the university under Ms. Gaber, whom he expects “to hit the ground running.” 


He finds the provost position interesting and challenging and would like to remain in the post if Ms. Gaber asks him.


His primary interest, he said, is “to help the team” — whether he remains in the provost office or returns to his professor duties.


“I want the best provost that UT can have. My goal is for UT to be as strong as it can be,” he said.


Ms. Gaber plans to conduct a national search for a financial administrator. Thomas Biggs is currently the interim vice president of finance and administration. He had previously retired but came back to work, Mr. Strunk said. He is paid $240,000 annually.


Contact Vanessa McCray at: vmccray@theblade.com or 419-724-6065, or on Twitter @vanmccray.








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