Sharon Gaber has been named chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She becomes the university's fifth chancellor after the UNC System Board of Governors approved the hire at a Tuesday special meeting.
"Sharon Gaber's impressive career at each level of education made her stand out as the ideal candidate to lead UNC Charlotte into its next phase of success," said UNC System interim President Bill Roper in a released statement. "Her many past achievements and future goals will benefit both the UNC System and UNC Charlotte. I have great confidence that the university will continue to grow and develop under her strong leadership."
Gaber is the current president of the University of Toledo in Ohio, and was that university's first female president. During her tenure, the University of Toledo has reached all-time high graduation and retention rates and increased enrollment.
Gaber is a career educator, and has served as an administrator at the University of Arkansas, Auburn University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She will succeed Chancellor Phil Dubois, who has held the office since 2005 and announced his retirement last summer.
"Our board was highly impressed with Dr. Gaber from the outset. She has proven herself time and time again to be up for any challenge that she has been presented with," said Board of Governors Chair Randy Ramsey. "She has won high, deserved praise from her peers and the students, faculty, staff and alumni that she has led. We wanted to find someone with a unique set of skills and background to lead one of our most important institutions. I firmly believe we have found those qualities in Dr. Gaber."