Students, faculty protest at University of Akron trustees meeting

University of Akron

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Officials say a group of about 100 concerned individuals crashed a University of Akron board of trustees meeting to protest the university’s embattled administration.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports faculty members, students, retirees and alumni descended upon the northeast Ohio school’s student union building Wednesday to collectively voice their displeasure.

President Scott Scarborough has been much maligned since the school’s May rebranding as “Ohio’s polytechnic university” and the announcement of $40 million worth of cuts in July.

The UA board does not allow comments from the audience during its meetings, but protesters interrupted the gathering several times to pose questions to the board.

Officials say a few people needed to be removed from the room.

A separate demonstration is planned for Scarborough’s State of the University speech next Tuesday.

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