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Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg
UT President-Elect Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg

Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg, who previously served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Texas Christian University, is The University of Tampa’s 11th president.

Dahlberg provides overall strategy, general management, administration and leadership of UT’s dynamic campus of more than 11,000 students. Her presidential tenure at UT began on June 1, 2024.

Dahlberg came to UT with a breadth of experience. In addition to being TCU’s chief academic officer, Dahlberg was also a professor of both computer science and engineering. She has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, as a faculty member and an administrator, and is known especially as an advocate for student success, innovative academic programs and inclusivity initiatives. At TCU she oversaw the start-up of the Burnett School of Medicine, she increased minority faculty from 16% to 22% and served as chief fundraiser for college donors.

Prior to joining TCU in 2019, Dahlberg served as dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University (NY), where she launched strategic and advancement plans that focused on students' experience, research, and diversity and inclusion. She also created and led the college fundraising campaign which meaningfully contributed to Syracuse’s $1.5 billion Forever Orange capital campaign.  

Before her position at Syracuse, Dahlberg served as chief academic officer and dean of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (NY), and associate dean of the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. At Charlotte, Dahlberg co-founded and directed the STARS Computing Corps, a National Science Foundation Alliance that engaged over 50 colleges and universities in service-learning, and led the Diversity in Information Technology Institute, an action research center that strengthened the STEM pipeline from K-12 to the professoriate.

In her academic career, Dahlberg has been the principal investigator for over $20 million in external funding for projects in areas of computer education, broadening participation in computing and wireless networking research.

Dahlberg said she looks to build upon UT’s already remarkable record of success by strengthening success and diversity measures for students and faculty, increasing UT’s institutional reputation, bolstering its financial sustainability and building the University’s endowment.

Dahlberg began her professional career with the IBM Corporation in North Carolina. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and earned both a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University, where she is a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame. 

Contact Information

The Office of the President is located in Plant Hall, Room 100. To contact the president's office, email or call (813) 253-6201. Please send mail to:

Office of the President
The University of Tampa
401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Box A
Tampa, FL 33606-1490