UNIVERSITY AND BOARD OFFICERS
Dr. Luis M. Proenza – President
Dr. Elizabeth J. Stroble – Senior Vice President and Provost and Chief Operating Officer
Mrs. Candace Campbell Jackson – Vice President and Chief of Staff
Dr. F. John Case – Vice President for Finance and Administration/Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Ted Curtis – Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities Management
Mr. John A. LaGuardia – Vice President of Public Affairs and Development
Mr. Ted A. Mallo – Vice President and General Counsel; Secretary of the Board of Trustees
Dr. George R. Newkome – Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School
Mr. James L. Sage – Vice President for Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer
Mr. Russell D. Sibert – Vice President of Board Operations; Assistant Secretary of the Board of Trustees
What is the future of Akron? The answer must be, whatever we envision it. For if we succeed in creating a common vision built upon bold and powerful ideas, ambitious goals, and uncompromising standards, we will lay the foundation for a prosperous and vibrant tomorrow.
Vision, however, is but the first step. It must be followed with resolute and decisive action. As Goethe reminds us, boldness has transformative powers. The recent efforts and accomplishments of our own University stand as evidence of this truth. Early in this decade, our efforts primarily were focused on the physical transformation of our institution.
The most noticeable outcome, of course, is the physical renewal of our campus, with 10 new buildings, 15 major additions and renovations, and 30 acres of new green space. We also launched initiatives like the Institute for Teaching and Learning, and built a ubiquitous, wireless computing environment. These and other efforts set the standard for student success, and have resulted in higher enrollment and retention.
We also increased our efforts to engage partners outside the University. The University Park Alliance project (UPA), launched in 2001 through a $2.5 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, has generated more than $334 million in public and private investments, grants and programs to revitalize a 40-block area surrounding our campus. In 2006, the Knight Foundation awarded UPA an additional $10 million – the foundation’s largest single grant ever – to continue our work.
Our vision extends well beyond our own backyard. Earlier this year we announced the formation of an Innovation Alliance with Lorain County Community College to accelerate educational efficiencies, knowledge creation and economic development, which in turn builds strategic strengths for Northern Ohio. This significant project is the latest addition to a list of more than 600 collaborative projects, programs and agreements with partners throughout the region, state and nation.
Every vision needs a discernable goal. For our institution, it is to forge a new gold standard for a great American university — one that creates and adds value for our students, community and nation; that forms collaborations and partnerships to address the problems of today’s world; and that continuously advances our common future.
With every good wish,
Dr. Luis M. Proenza