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Board Approves Appointments of Two New Deans, Contracts for Major Landscaping


Akron, Ohio, Feb. 25, 2004 - The University of Akron's Board of Trustees today approved the appointments of new deans for the College of Business Administration and Community and Technical College. Trustees also approved plans for new landscaping projects that will enhance two areas of campus for students, signaling the final steps of the University's five-year campus enhancement project.

James W. Barnett was named dean of the College of Business Administration. He has been interim dean of the College of Business Administration since January 2003. Previously, he was the director of the college's Institute for Global Business and, before coming to the University, an executive with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Stanley B. Silverman was named dean of the Community and Technical College. Silverman has been with the University since 1981. He is a professor of social science and has served in a number of positions. Most recently he was acting department chair for both counseling and for sports science and wellness.

Trustees also approved contracts for extensive landscaping in two campus areas. The first project involves paving a pedestrian mall, installing benches and placing trees and other plants on the former Carroll Street between the New Student Union and Memorial Hall. The pedestrian mall will feature well-lit, tree-lined walkways that are paved with brick, and seating areas surrounded by park-like landscape features, says Ted Curtis, vice president for capital planning and facilities management for the University. It will provide a pleasant path for students from the new Student Union to the new Student Recreation and Wellness Center, construction of which is to be completed by September 2004.

The second project includes installing new lighting, sidewalks and trees, and building terraced landscaping features near the C. Blake McDowell School of Law building at the intersection of Wolf Ledges Parkway and University Avenue. The combined contracts for the two projects are valued at more than $500,000, and are more than 25 percent lower than the amount budgeted for the work.

Separately, Board members approved contracts for a sculpture designed by Dale Chihuly, a world-renowned artist whose creations have graced prominent sites throughout the United States and in Australia, Bahamas, Canada, France, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland and United Kingdom. His Akron work will be placed on the traffic circle outside the Goodyear Polymer Center.

The 30-foot high sculpture will be erected on a 10-foot high pedestal and will be made from polymer materials specially developed by University of Akron researchers. They developed the special polymer materials that combine toughness and durability needed to withstand the elements with the aesthetic qualities Chihuly required to ensure the work's beauty and artistic integrity. Chihuly is expected to complete and erect the sculpture this summer, coinciding with the completion of the University's $300 million New Landscape for Learning program.