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LTU inaugurates Tarek M. Sobh as president on Homecoming Day

Release Date: September 24, 2022
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LTU trustee David Wohleen formally inaugurates Tarek M. Sobh as LTU president Saturday. LTU photo / Matt Roush

SOUTHFIELD—Tarek M. Sobh, PhD, PE, was formally inaugurated as Lawrence Technological University’s eighth president in a morning ceremony Saturday.
[Full video recording here]

In accepting the presidency, Sobh said: “Today I stand before you as the eighth president of Lawrence Technological University and as the first Egyptian-American university president in the United States. I vow to you that I will continue to build on LTU’s rich history and make it a guiding force for the future of higher education and technology within the City of Southfield, the State of Michigan, the United States, and the world at large.”

Sobh pledged more scholarships and financial aid options, new degree and non-degree programs, more industry partnerships, an increase in research, improved facilities, an expansion of LTU’s high school dual enrollment programs, and increased philanthropy during his presidency.

“Let me be clear—what we do here is very significant,” Sobh said. “What we do here truly changes lives. What we do here creates an immense and positive impact in our families, communities, cities, careers, education, and indeed within ourselves. As your president, I will make sure LTU is locally, regionally, nationally, and globally known to be the innovative university of tomorrow, the university that ensures eminent high-paying professional careers for its alumni, the university that produces technologically-savvy graduates no matter what degree they attain, or discipline they choose to study.”

Local and national political figures and representatives of LTU’s faculty, staff, and students greeted Sobh with best wishes.

Southfield Mayor Kenson Siver called LTU “most certainly one of the city’s jewels,” adding that “it has been exciting to watch the school grow, expand, and evolve … to have a front row seat to the innovations that have been borne on this campus and to work with LTU students.” He said of Sobh that city officials “can feel his passion and energy for this university … As your city partner, Dr. Sobh, we wish you every success as you create and lead the future of this institution while enriching the minds and expanding the horizons of the students who enroll here. And by the way. we love being able to say that Southfield is a college town.”

Added U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield: “I believe Lawrence Tech is an institution built to last.  Under Dr. Sobh's stewardship, this University will stride into new frontiers.  Dr. Sobh, I offer my sincere and warm congratulations on your new role and best wishes for your success as you turn theory into practice, and take abstract ideas into the real world to solve tomorrow’s problems.” She also praised Sobh’s commitment to diversity.

LTU board member and Detroit architect Victor Saroki, who earned architecture degrees from LTU in 1979 and 1980, said: “I firmly believe he will build from the valuable work of those that have gone before him and lead LTU into a new era of innovation.”

Jacqueline Stavros, professor in LTU’s College of Business and Information Technology, welcomed Sobh on behalf of LTU’s faculty. She recalled “hundreds of conversations” Sobh had with professors when he joined the university as provost in 2020—conversations that, she said, “showed us how much you care about us, and that you were, and are, working to create an environment where anyone can learn, make a positive impact, and flourish.”

Representing LTU staff, Christopher Stefani, the university’s executive director of external academic initiatives, called Sobh “a visionary who celebrates our current success (and) also understands the massive potential that lies before us.”

Representing LTU alumni, Patrice Patrick-Banks, a 2011 MBA graduate and alumni association president, said her organization “looks forward to your continuous leadership to bring unique advantages, as we move forward investing in innovation and scholarships, increasing research opportunities, continuous improvement in society, and investing in students.”

Finally, representing LTU students, student government president JaJuan Jones said he was impressed by Sobh’s “students-first mindset and plans. You wanted to be an advocate for students and make sure their needs are met accordingly.” Jones also praised Sobh’s “drive to increase diversity … I’m excited to see what this year brings between you and student government.”

The Inauguration kicked off a busy homecoming Saturday at LTU, including a tailgate and football game against Roosevelt University. Saturday night, LTU held an inauguration gala for Sobh at The Mint conference center in Lathrup Village.

Homecoming also featured activities Friday night. Hundreds of LTU students and alumni enjoyed a classic car show, picnic from Southfield food trucks, and a spectacular drone show held in the Southfield City Centre area at Civic Center Drive and Evergreen Road.

Lawrence Technological University is one of only 13 private, technological, doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932, and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. The Wall Street Journal ranks LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best in the Midwest colleges. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, theory and practice education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

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DLTU President Tarek Sobh (center, in gray jacket) flips the coin before LTU's Homecoming football game. 
LTU photo / Matt Roush

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