The Board of Regents voted unanimously to appoint Joan T.A. Gabel the University of Minnesota’s 17th President. She will assume the office on July 1, 2019. Gabel will be the first woman in the University's 167-year history to hold its highest office.
Gabel currently serves as the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of South Carolina, a position she has held since 2015. Previously, she was dean of the University of Missouri’s Trulaske College of Business. Before joining the University of Missouri, she held faculty and administrator positions at Florida State University’s College of Business and the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.
Raised in Atlanta, Gabel earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Haverford College in Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia. She and her husband, Gary, have three children: a daughter who lives and works in Seattle, a son who is a junior in college, and a son who is a junior in high school.