University of Toledo Receives $15 Million Gift

The University of Toledo has received a $15 million gift from Marvin Herb and his wife, Judith Daso Herb, to support its college of education, the Toledo Blade reports.

The gift — the largest ever received by the university — includes $8 million for scholarships, $4.25 million for educational research, and $2.75 million to support an electronic assessment and development system for faculty. According to Thomas Switzer, dean of the school's college of education, the funds earmarked for educational research will support a study of how schools that emphasize instruction in the classroom can shift more focus onto the individual learning processes of students.

"It's a gift of such magnitude that it gives us the flexibility to do things we couldn't do under the current budget conditions in the state," said Switzer, who added that the donation is not intended to replace money lost to cutbacks in state funding.

"A teacher affects eternity," said Herb, who holds a master of business administration degree from UT and managed a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant before purchasing Coca-Cola bottling operations in Chicago, Indianapolis, Rochester, and Milwaukee. "A teacher teaches for twenty-five, thirty, or forty years. How many students do they teach every year? How many students go out into the world? They do really affect eternity."

Joshua Boak. "UT Receives $15 Million a Alumni Couple's Gift." Toledo Blade 05/07/2006.