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President, Office of - Subject Files

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UR 114K

Scope and Contents

The Office of the President’s subject files consist of a variety of administrative records created or received by the Office of the President of the University of Toledo, ranging from approximately 1970, during the administration of Glen R. Driscoll (1972-1985), to 2013, during Lloyd Jacobs’ (2006-2014) presidency. The types of files include correspondence, reports, memoranda, publications, speeches, and event materials, and document the activities of the highest administrative office of the University of Toledo. Organized at the folder level, the files arranged alphabetically within each box. University Archives regularly receives additions to this collection.

See the Related Materials Note for the collections of earlier administrations.


  • 1970-2013

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials may be accessed by request at the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of the William S. Carlson Library on the main campus of the University of Toledo. Materials do not circulate.

Conditions Governing Use

In most cases, the Canaday Center does not own the copyright and literary rights to items in its collections; it is the responsibility of the researcher to adhere to U.S. Copyright and Fair Use laws, including seeking permission from the copyright holder and payment of any royalty fees, in the reproduction and use of archival materials. Providing copies or scans does not constitute a license to publish or reproduce images in print or electronic form.

Biographical / Historical

Since 1909, the University of Toledo has had sixteen presidents and seven acting or interim presidents. The records of the Office of the President span across several collections (see the Related Materials Note); however, this collection represents the bulk of the records of the office, starting with the eleventh president, Dr. Glen R. Driscoll.

Dr. Driscoll succeeded William S. Carlson on October 1, 1972, becoming the eleventh president of the University of Toledo. Dr. Driscoll came to Toledo from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, where he had served as chancellor. Dr. Driscoll became a faculty member at St. Louis in 1964 when he accepted a position as professor of History and Chairman of the Social Sciences Division. Marked by growth in many areas of the university, President Driscoll’s tenure included the completion of seven buildings (Law Center, Center for Performing Arts, Centennial Hall, Continuing Education Center, Student Union addition, and two parking garages). One of the most notable campus improvements was the completion of Centennial Mall in the heart of campus.

Driscoll’s term in office also saw an increase in university involvement with other institutions and government agencies. Most notable are the Ohio Board of Regents and the Central States Universities, Inc. Dr. Driscoll also dealt with many community groups such as the Toledo Museum of Art and the Toledo Port Authority. Dr. Driscoll increased fundraising activities at the university, helping to raise over $26 million. Some of this money was the result of the Centennial Fund Drive, which has the distinction of being the largest fund raising effort of its kind in Ohio.

Dr. James D. McComas became UToledo’s twelfth president on July 1, 1985. He had served as president of Mississippi State University from 1976 to 1985, and Dean of the College of Education at the University of Tennessee from 1969 to 1976. He held similar positions at Kansas State University and New Mexico State University.

McComas’s tenure at UToledo was short. He resigned in 1988 to assume the presidency of Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, VA. While at UToledo, he won approval for the construction of the Student Recreation Center, fraternity and sorority on-campus housing, and the purchase of the former Owens-Illinois property on Westwood Avenue. The university also approved funding for renovating the Glass Bowl Stadium, as well as that of increased recruiting of National Merit Scholars.

Following McComas’s departure, John Stoepler, Dean of the College of Law, served as interim president for five months until the thirteenth president, Dr. Frank Horton, assumed duties on October 12, 1988. Dr. Horton had been president of the University of Oklahoma from 1985 to 1988, and Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee from 1980 to 1985. Previously he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Dr. Horton was responsible for a robust strategic planning effort to expand UToledo’s growth into the 1990s, which included a $40 million fundraising campaign. Construction occurred on several new buildings, and growth continued into the realm of technology with OhioLINK and the implementation of computer labs and hook ups in dormitories and offices for internet access.

After Dr. Horton’s retirement in 1998, Dr. Vik Kapoor stepped in as the fourteenth president on January 1, 1999. Dr. Kapoor worked in Silicon Valley as a senior engineer who designed computer chips and later went to Case Western Reserve University where he taught electrical engineering for five years. He also taught at the University of Cincinnati before joining the UToledo team in 1994 as Dean of the College of Engineering. His tenure as president was short, and he resigned in June 2000.

William Decatur served as Interim President from June 2000 to July 2001, when Dr. Daniel Johnson became the fifteenth president of the university. He came to UToledo from the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he had served as provost since 1997. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he taught at several universities, and held other positions as chair and dean of various departments, including that of the School of Community Service at the University of North Texas, where he stayed until his move to Alaska in 1997.

One of Johnson’s biggest contribution to the University of Toledo during his tenure as president was collaboration with several institutions, most significantly the full merger of UToledo with the former Medical University of Ohio (MUO) in 2006. Shortly after the merger, Dr. Johnson retired and Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, then president of MUO, took the helm.

Dr. Jacobs came to Toledo from the University of Michigan where he was Professor of Surgery in the Section of Vascular Surgery to accept the position of President of the Medical College of Ohio in 2003. He graduated from the University of Miami in 1965 before moving on to Johns Hopkins for his medical degree. He served as faculty at Wayne State University and in a number of administrative roles at medical centers throughout Ann Arbor. As President of the Medical College of Ohio, Dr. Jacobs was instrumental in the merger the University of Toledo and what had become the Medical University of Ohio since Jacobs became President.

As part of the merger, Dr. Jacobs assumed the presidency of the University of Toledo in September 2006. The merger generated a maelstrom, with many faculty and staff uncertain of the future. Dr. Jacobs contended with both that doubt and declining enrollment. Financial struggles led to significant cuts and departmental reorganizations. After this tumultuous period, Dr. Jacobs left the University of Toledo in 2014 to accept a Fellowship at the Institute of University Transformation.

Dr. Nagi Naganathan, Dean of the College of Engineering, served interim president until March 2015, when UToledo welcomed its first female president, Dr. Sharon L. Gaber. Previously of the University of Arkansas, the university’s seventeenth president worked to increase enrollment, retention, research and philanthropy, and oversaw the implementation of an agreement to partner UT’s medical education with ProMedica, a regional health-care system. Through increased collaboration with faculty, staff, students and the community, Gaber led the University in efforts to create and implement a new strategic plan, a diversity and inclusion plan, and a new multiple-campus master plan.

In late April 2020, Gaber announced her resignation from the university. Dr. Gregory Postel stepped in as interim president in July 2020. Since then, Dr. Postel has successfully led the safe reopening of campus during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as helped stabilize the hospital finances following a tumultuous year for the University of Toledo Medical Center exacerbated by the pandemic. Postel was also actively involved in securing the institution’s second named college – the John B. and Lillian E. Neff College of Business and Innovation. He has assisted with a number of other private gifts to support the University.

At a special Board of Trustees meeting in March 2021, Dr. Gregory Postel was appointed the 18th president of the University of Toledo.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Office of The President

Related Materials

Other series from the Office of The President are listed below:

President, Office of - Records of Asa S. Knowles, UR 114A President, Office of - Faculty Memoranda, UR 114C President, Office of - Horton Inauguration Committee Files, UR 114D President, Office of - Inauguration Files, UR 114F President, Office of - Miscellaneous Files, UR 114H President, Office of - Papers of Philip C. Nash, UR 114I President, Office of - Policies and Procedures Manual, UR 114J President, Office of - Records of the Interim Operating Committee, UR PA/29 President, Office of - Papers of Wilbur W. White, UR 114L President, Office of - Records of William S. Carlson, UR 114M

*Please note that some of the listed collections may not yet be published. Please contact the Archives for more information on these collections if you are unable to access their guides online.


Accession Number is UR PA/92.

President, Office of - Subject Files
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Repository Details

Part of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections Repository

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