Toby Oberg

Finance Manager
Start Date: 
February, 2015
Toby Oberg

What brought you to your current professional field? What brought you to the U/AHC?

When I graduated from college with a degree in Spanish I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.  So I took accounting 101 that summer and decided to try and find a job in this field while I figured out what I really wanted to do. What happened instead was that I stayed in this field, eventually completing an Accounting Certificate through the University Extension. I had always wanted to work at some sort of school because I thought I would like the environment. Finally, in 2014 that dream became reality when I started here at the U. In January of 2015 I applied for the job I’m in currently and this is the job that I want to retire from.

Pay it forward - name a person or unit within the AHC you admire and why.

I really admire Kristy Frost-Griep. She is so knowledgeable, patient and very helpful. She’s also very responsive and typically gets back to me quickly with whatever question I might have.

What is your favorite place on campus (please indicate which campus)?

I love the Display and Trial Garden on the St. Paul campus. It’s the perfect break spot and it only takes me 10 minutes to get there on foot. There are many plants and flowers to admire and photograph.

The Top 3 highlights of my life:

1) My daughter being born on the anniversary of my father’s death because it turned a sad day into a day to celebrate; 2) spending my junior year of college in Madrid, Spain; 3) spending my 50th birthday in Spain with my husband and daughter.

People would be surprised to know:

I have a degree in Spanish.

If I could do it all over again, I would:

Be a Spanish teacher. About 10-15 years ago I realized that I probably should have been a Spanish teacher. I had been told many times while training others in accounting roles that I’m a good teacher and I really enjoy training others. By that time though it was too hard to start over.  Instead I’m hoping to teach English when I retire to Spain.

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