Dr. Scott L. Scarborough, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Toledo, will be the next president of the University of Akron.
Scarborough, who comes to Akron after more than seven years in leadership positions at the University of Toledo and its Medical Center, was the unanimous choice of the university’s Board of Trustees. His term begins July 1.
Board Chair Richard W. Pogue stated: “Dr. Scarborough clearly shares our vision for the University of Akron. We have confidence that he will help us advance our mission as a public research university committed to our students’ success, to creating new models for sustaining academic excellence, and to our role as a vital contributor to the regional economy.”
Pogue noted Scarborough’s “impressive credentials and his extensive experience in the management of all aspects of higher education, including complex financial matters.”
Scarborough, who is on a business trip out of town with his wife Tammy, issued the following statement: “Tammy and I are very excited about the opportunity to join The University of Akron family and the Akron community. We look forward to doing our part to build on the great work of Dr. Proenza and the faculty, staff and students who make The University of Akron a great university.”
Scarborough succeeds Dr. Luis Proenza, who is retiring after 15 years as president.
Scarborough has been provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, serving as the chief academic officer and operating officer for the University of Toledo, which has an annual operating budget of more than $800 million.
He directed the development of UT’s new strategic plan, Imagine 2017, and organized a system of “portal colleges” designed to meet the needs of well-prepared, prepared and underprepared, adult, online and graduate and advanced professional students.
He previously was senior vice president and executive director of The University of Toledo Medical Center, responsible for the overall management and operations of its 319-bed hospital, specializing in trauma, orthopedics, cardiology, neurology, cancer, surgery and kidney transplantation, and a large network of provider-based outpatient centers. During his two years in the position, he led the development of UTMC’s strategic plan, Victory 2015.
From 2007 to 2011, he was senior vice president for finance and administration for both the University of Toledo and its Medical Center, responsible for managing university and hospital accounting and finance, including patient access, health information management, the budget office, information technology and internal auditing.
He was one of three finalists for the post. Also in the running were Jim Tressel, former Ohio State University football coach, who is now executive vice president for student success at the University of Akron, and Ronald A. Nykiel, provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Md. Tressel also is a finalist for the presidency of Youngstown State University.
The search process began last fall, culminating in the identification of the three finalists, all of whom visited campus last week. On Monday, the Board of Trustees heard from representatives of the administration, deans, chairs, faculty, students, staff and the community, and deliberated for several hours.
Pogue remarked on the strength of the finalists. “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.”
In his application materials, Dr. Scarborough describes his personal strengths in “areas of strategic management, financial management, team-building, and friend-raising” and is most proud of his “work to elevate the quality, distinctiveness and economic sustainability of all aspects of a university’s tripartite mission: teaching and learning, research and discovery, and service and engagement.”