Letter from UT Foundation President and Board Chair

As a financial steward, The University of Toledo Foundation's mission is to manage every donor's gift and to maximize its value through prudent management, investment, and spending policies...

Brenda S. Lee
The University of Toledo Foundation


Support & Achievements

The Gateway Project

Years of planning culminated in an August 2011 groundbreaking and a grand opening less than one year later for the Gateway redevelopment project.


Year in Review

Financial charts and graphs.


Letter from UT Foundation President and Board Chair

Dear Friends:

As a financial steward, The University of Toledo Foundation's mission is to manage every donor's gift and to maximize its value through prudent management, investment, and spending policies.

However, the results of the Foundation's efforts extend far beyond spreadsheets and financial statements. The ultimate measure of the Foundation's success lies, not just in dollars, but in the programs and projects that funding provides. As a service organization, the UT Foundation partnered with its stakeholders in a variety of ways in the 2012 fiscal year:

  • Students were awarded $2.6 million in donor-supported scholarships.
  • Faculty and staff received $4 million in support toward UT programs and research. Campus partners also gained access to on-demand financial reports through the Foundation's new fundraising and accounting software, to help them more effectively make use of available funds.
  • Donors who have established endowments at UT are now receiving detailed quarterly reports on their funds, as part of the Foundation's increased focus on stewardship.
  • UT Medical Center patients and families will benefit from many advancements, including the new Gardner/McMaster Parkinson's Center, which will open in early 2013.
  • Rocket fans saw a boost of $3.8 million in support to UT athletics.
  • Alumni, friends, and the Toledo community can look forward to new opportunities to gather on campus, with the recent construction of the Dorr Street Gateway and the Alumni Pavilion.

Through new business opportunities, alternative investments, and refined policies and procedures, the UT Foundation continues to explore new ways of serving the University
and Toledo communities. All of this is only made possible through your generous support.

With appreciation for all you do, we thank you.

Brenda S. Lee
President, The University of Toledo Foundation

Gregory C. Kopan
The University of Toledo Foundation Board of Trustees

Letter from the UT President

Friends, Donors and Alumni,

Your University of Toledo is a University Rising, and the evidence stretches from coast to coast.

One only need peruse the news pages of our website, tune in to Toledo television or periodically read some of our many placements in national media outlets. The proof is out there. In fact, our own UT10 News team was again recognized for excellence by earning the national award for "Best Special Broadcast" at the College Broadcasters Awards.

Across the country, in the small town of Happy Jack, Arizona, UT has become a major player in the astronomy community, having joined forces with the Lowell Observatory, the Discovery Channel, Boston University and the University of Maryland to utilize the Discovery Channel Telescope, a 4.3-meter telescope located south of Flagstaff that is the fifth largest telescope in the continental U.S. and one of the most technologically advanced. (For more, visit utole.do/dct)

Here at home, your UT Medical Center has again been named one of the region's best hospitals by U.S. News and World Report, having earned a national reputation for patient-centered care.

Meanwhile, that national reputation expands across the U.S. and around the globe as our annual conference on the realities and horrors of human trafficking is again positioning The University of Toledo as a thought and action leader on the most challenging issues of the day.

And here at home, the corner of Secor Road and Dorr Street on the edge of the Main Campus is alive with activity as the new Gateway project comes to completion and opens for business. Your UT Foundation has created a new anchor for student life and activities that will benefit our community for years to come.

We are a University Rising. That fact is palpable on campus and is increasingly understood across the country. And you — our friends, donors and alumni — are living proof of the quality of a University of Toledo degree.

Thank you for all you do.


Lloyd A. Jacobs
The University of Toledo

New UT Gateway Takes Shape on Main Campus

Years of planning culminated in an August 2011 groundbreaking and a grand opening less than one year later for the Gateway redevelopment project. The transformative, mixed-use real estate development, financed by the UT Foundation, will revitalize the Dorr Street Corridor and create a new campus "gateway" at the Dorr Street and Secor Road intersection. The first phase includes an 88,500-square-foot commercial complex anchored by the new Barnes and Noble University Bookstore, with other student-centered retailers. Upper levels consist of 48 loft-style market-rate apartments.

Alumni Pavilion

Funded through gifts from alumni and friends, the UT Alumni Association's new William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion opened in September 2012. Located just west of the Glass Bowl Stadium, the $1.2 million project includes a 3,000-square-foot lannon stone facility, along with a 9,500-square-foot plaza. The new pavilion will be the primary gathering spot for alumni pre-game activities and a meeting place for other University and community groups throughout the year.

McQuades Hope to Help Others Achieve Dreams

Gratitude can take many forms, from a letter of thanks to the offer to lend a hand. While The University of Toledo appreciates all gestures of gratitude, financial gifts from alumni and friends have an especially far-reaching impact on the University's continued success.

Judge Richard McQuade, Jr. (A/S '62, Law '65) and his wife, Jane (A/S '03), have been long-time supporters of UT, giving of their time and talents, as well as their financial resources.

"Both my wife and I are graduates of The University of Toledo, and the University has been very, very important in our lives," said Judge McQuade. "Without the training, education, and experience we received there, I don't think we'd been as fulfilled in our lives as we are now."

The personal attention and mentoring provided by UT's outstanding faculty "were integral to the formulation of my beliefs," said Judge McQuade, who served for nine years as a member of UT's Board of Trustees.

Mrs. McQuade, the former secretary for UT's Women and Philanthropy board, said she recalls many wonderful professors. "All of them had different things to offer, and I learned something from each and every one of them."

Besides the degrees she and her husband received, many other family members — including two of their children, all her siblings, and some of their spouses — also attended UT. "UT helped make us and much of our family successful," she noted. "We all owe this University a great deal."

The McQuades' past support included funding for UT's Mock Trial Courtroom. Their most recent pledge designated significant gifts for the University's basketball and football programs, the new McQuade Law Auditorium, and recruitment of outstanding law students.

Supporting the College of Law was a natural choice for Judge McQuade, a former U.S. District Court judge who now works in dispute resolution. In addition, the couple felt strongly about assisting UT's athletic programs. "We think first-class athletics are extremely important in a University's recruitment and retention of top-notch students," he said, drawing on research from his tenure as past chair of UT's athletic advisory committee.

Mrs. McQuade said their recent gift is a small way of saying thank-you and of giving back. "We know how difficult it can be to afford school and to work hard at attaining an education, so we want to help others achieve that."

Her husband echoed that sentiment. "Our hope is to assist young people who have the same dreams we had many years ago," he said, "and to help make their lives as rewarding as ours."

Pharmacy Students Create a Culture of Giving

University students just months away from graduating are generally focused on classes, internships, and job searches. However, many fourth-year members of UT's Pharm.D. program now have an additional objective: assisting future students through a pledge of financial support.

In the four years since UT's P4 Scholarship program began, the pledge total from graduating Pharm.D. students has nearly tripled, from just over $3,000 to $8,250, and class participation has increased from 19 percent to 37 percent, according to Jeff Barton, director of development for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Mr. Barton believes the increase is due largely to student leadership in the cultivation process. "Peer solicitation encourages students to get involved, and a sense of competition inspires them to want to outdo the preceding class," he said.

An added incentive is the commitment by the Toledo Academy of Pharmacy (TAP) to match up to $4,000 of the annual class pledge amount. The fact that the scholarship effort is led by the students themselves is especially rewarding, notes Dr. Curtis Black, Professor Emeritus of Clinical Pharmacy, and a TAP board member. "There is no better example of the developing sense of professionalism in our students than when the students themselves commit their future earnings to aid subsequent students."

Last year's class solicitation leaders included Andy Hochradel, Shawn Mills, Maria Canestraro, Justin Brown, and Jon McLachlan.

Dr. Hochradel said he supported the scholarship fund to show his appreciation for the knowledge and professional skills he gained throughout the pharmacy program. He also believes his gift is an investment in the program's future.

"I have benefited from the great national reputation our pharmacy program has established," he said. "I've encouraged others to contribute because I know our degrees are like stocks; they can gain or lose value throughout our careers, depending on how the pharmacy profession performs in the future."

Dr. Mills believes current and recent students have a special insight into the value of scholarships. "Having just completed the program, I know how difficult it is financially to make it through the last few years when undergraduate scholarships expire and graduate tuition rates kick in," he said. " I'm proud to contribute something to the classes behind me to help make their journey a little bit easier."

To make a gift to the P4 Scholarship Program, contact Jeff Barton at jeffrey.barton@utoledo.edu or 419-383-1985.

OCCS Grants Provide New Education Curriculum

The Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service is committed to preparing innovative and effective educators. As the College looks to the future, it's clear that leadership and creativity within a variety of learning environments is critical for teaching future generations.

One of the fastest growing trends in education is the rise in public charter and community schools. Over the past 13 years, charter/community schools have promoted and provided school choices for students in Ohio, notes Dean Beverly Schmoll.

"Many charter schools provide a specialized focus in areas such as the arts, technology, fitness, and life skills, while virtual charter environments meet the needs of a diverse student population," she said.

Charter schools also require unique skills and training geared to the specific structures and environments in which they exist.

With a recent major gift from the Ohio Council of Community Schools (OCCS), the College is now positioned to prepare UT education students to provide instruction in virtual environments and to provide leadership in a charter school environment. The organization's gift to the UT Foundation has established two separate endowments, to support two endowed scholar positions and curriculum programs.

The OCCS Endowed Leadership Scholar in Community School Leadership Development will be held by Dr. Cynthia Beekley, and the OCCS Endowed Leadership Scholar in Virtual Teacher Development in Community Schools will be held by Dr. Berhane Teclehaimanot.

"Both of these individuals will be involved in establishing networks of practicing teachers, providing professional development programs, and developing formal programs at The University of Toledo," said Dr. Schmoll. "Our objectives are to create a research-based curriculum that provides our students with evidence-based teaching practices, along with contemporary instruction and assessment models, advanced and emerging technologies, and best practices in leadership that are all tailored to bring them success in a charter school environment."

In addition to program development led by distinguished faculty, endowment funds will support scholarships, research, lectureships and conferences, guest speakers, equipment/technology, and faculty stipends.

Through the financial support of the OCCS grants, UT looks to the future of education.

"Our vision is to become the first higher education institution in the state to develop a curriculum to meet the needs of charter schools and future educators, by offering courses devoted to the teacher and leadership roles in these environments," said Dr. Schmoll. "These endowments enable us to distinguish ourselves from other education programs not only in the region, but statewide."

Statistics and Figures

The Year in Review
The Year in Review

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2012 UT Foundation Annual Report