University of Akron

UA Board of Trustees Meeting
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The University of Akron has an interim president.  Mathew Wilson, dean of the law school, was picked Monday by the university’s board of trustees. 

Wilson, joined the University of Akron two years ago. And he says he decided to go for what is likely to be a very difficult job because he’s become sold on the potential of the university and of the community.  He sees both as vastly underrated. 

His first priorities are improved enrollment, retention and graduation, and stabilized finances. He says his first actions will be listening.

Student Union, U of A

Two senior members of the administration of former University of Akron President Scott Scarborough are losing their jobs. Lawrence Burns is out as Vice President of Advancement; as is Todd Rickel as Vice Provost and Executive Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology.

Roland Bauer and Ralph Palmisanso

The June trustees meeting was the last for outgoing chairman, Jonathan Pavloff, whose term ends June 30th.  New Chairman Roland Bauer was sworn in; he had been vice chairman.

The board also approved a $300 million general fund budget for 2017.  It is trimmed from last year to reflect a downward trend in enrollment. 

U of A College of Business Administration

Scott Scarborough, who agreed this week to step down as president of the University of Akron, is going to continue with the school in a teaching position. 

The five-year contract Scott Scarborough signed two years ago to become president gave him two choices regarding compensation if he left other than "for cause."

Protesters at the University of Akron


With Scott Scarborough’s resignation this week, the University of Akron is searching for both for an interim president and a permanent one – a search that could take a year.

One of those who mounded the campaign to oust Scarborough is grad student Tom Guarino.

  He regularly lead protests on campus and attended Faculty Senate and university trustee meetings, and has some ideas on what should come next.