Scarborough named next University of Akron president

AKRON, Ohio (WKBN) — The University of Akron Board of Trustees named Scott Scarborough its 16th President in school history at a press conference on Thursday.

Former Youngstown State University football coach and current University of Akron Vice President for Student Success Jim Tressel was among the top three candidates for the Akron presidency. He is still among the top three candidates for the YSU president’s job.

University of Akron Board Chair Richard Pogue said, “Most especially, we are grateful for UA Executive Vice President Jim Tressel, who has demonstrated his dedication to this University and to our students, and who has brought significant, positive change to our campus, and outstanding accomplishments in the two years he has led the Division of Student Success,” according to a release on the University of Akron website.

Scarborough, who is currently the provost at the University of Toledo, was chosen for the Akron presidency by unanimous vote of the trustees.

Appointed to the University of Toledo provost position in 2012, he serves as the chief academic and operating officer in charge of a number of colleges at the school, where he has over seven years of leadership experience.

Scarborough’s application materials for the Akron presidency can be seen here.

Scarborough has a Ph.D. in strategic management from The University of Texas at Arlington, an MBA from The University of Texas at Tyler, and a BBA in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin.

On December 17, 2012, Dr. Scarborough published a new main campus strategic plan for the University of Toledo entitled “Imagine 2017.” The plan outlined key strategic initiatives at the main campus over the next five years.

According to the University of Toledo website, Scarborough said regarding his emphasis on teamwork, “Teamwork is the key to everything; great teamwork depends on the effective practice of diversity, professionalism, and mutual respect, all of which are core values at The University of Toledo.”

Scarborough’s five-year term will begin July 1. He is replacing Luis Proenza, who is retiring June 30.

He will earn a base salary of $450,000 and also is eligible for an annual performance bonus of up to $80,000.

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