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UPDATED | Akron names Scarborough as 16th university president

Published: Thu, May 8, 2014 @ 5:56 p.m.


The University of Akron has selected Scott L. Scarborough as its 16th president.

Scarborough currently is provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at The University of Toledo.

The announcement came just after 5:45 p.m. from UA’s Student Union Board Room. The school offered him an initial five-year term which will begin July 1. The base salary will be $450,000 and he'll also receive deferred compensation of $80,000 for housing.

UA did not select Jim Tressel, its own executive vice president for student success. Tressel is also a finalist for the Youngstown State University presidency, and YSU trustees have scheduled meetings for Friday morning and Monday evening.

Tressel is the former head football coach at both YSU and Ohio State University.

Scarborough was appointed to the Toledo provost position in 2012, he serves as the chief academic and operating officer in charge of the colleges of engineering; business; communication and the arts; language, literature and social sciences; natural sciences and mathematics; education; social justice and human service; law; graduate; honors; adult professionals; YouCollege; UTXnet World Campus; as well as the university’s libraries; enrollment and management; registrar’s office; university teaching center; and the division of student affairs.

YSU’s other two finalists are Gary L. Miller, chancellor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Mary Cullinan, president of Southern Oregon University.

Miller is also a finalist in two other searches, president at State University of New York at Buffalo and chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.


1badeepster(124 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Come on down, Jimmy T!! You Tressel haters, prepare to pack your bags!!

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2Seriouslee(149 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Here's what U Akron faculty told the Beacon Journal after hearing the announcement:

“It’s nice to see that we’re all on the same page. It’s always nice to have the president come in with solid support,” said Steve Weeks, a biology professor who heads the Akron chapter of the American Association of University Professors. “To be honest we we’re hearing lots of rumors that it was going to be Tressel. That was the only candidate that we deemed to be unacceptable. He just didn’t have the background at the moment.”

But then again, what do they know--they're only the trained professionals who actually work in the industry. I'm sure Ryan, Zoldan, and of course the vindy are much better judges.

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3valleyred(1103 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Didn't take long for the haters to come back out of the woodwork and rip on YSU.

SeriousLee, Apparently the unions, representing the "trained professionals" of YSU, believe he is the right candidate at this moment in time; being that they endorsed him yesterday.

Our "trained professionals" are every bit as qualified as those at the University of Akron.

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4Seriouslee(149 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Actually red, three individuals the union presidents NOT the union members endorsed Tressel--three people not hundreds. And it has nothing to do with hate, like the man personally.

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5ysumaggiejo(5 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Seriouslee - YSU had presidents with PhDs and they were not the best presidents. Tressel is what YSU needs right now and with a good Provost things can be great again at YSU. We should be looking at what is best for YSU and the other candidates are not the answer.

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6Seriouslee(149 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

maggie-the other candidates are not the answer because the Board of Trustees deliberately rigged the search for Tressel, why this doesn't seem to bother anyone is beyond me. It's not about a Ph.D, it's about real experience leading an academic institution and Tressel simply doesn't have it and everyone knows it.

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