Chancellor Eric Fingerhut to Speak at Akron Law Commencement May 16


Akron, Ohio, April 13, 2010 — The University of Akron School of Law will confer approximately 140 Juris Doctor degrees at its 86th Commencement Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 16 at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. The 2010 UA School of Law commencement speaker will be Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut.

“We are excited to have Chancellor Fingerhut as our Commencement Speaker,” says Dean Martin H. Belsky. “The Chancellor’s career as a lawyer, both in private practice and for Legal Aid, educator, legislator, and now Chancellor exemplifies the variety of careers an attorney can have and the devotion to public service all should have.”

Eric Fingerhut was appointed the seventh chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents on March 14, 2007. He was the first to be appointed by the Governor of the State of Ohio as a member of his cabinet, and is charged with building a system of higher education– from the GED to Ph.D. – designed to prepare all Ohioans for the 21st century and rival the nation in accountability and innovation.

In March 2008, the Chancellor Fingerhut delivered Ohio's 10-year Strategic Plan for Higher Education to the governor and Ohio General Assembly, with an overall goal to raise the educational attainment of the state of Ohio. Since its release, he has worked closely with the administration, Ohio General Assembly, businesses, colleges and universities, and other state agencies to implement strategies to make higher education more efficient while expanding low-cost pathways and educational opportunities to students, and to reframe the relationship between business and higher education to create new jobs and a highly skilled, globally competitive workforce that will ultimately lead the state to economic prosperity.

About The University of Akron
The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The Princeton Review listed UA among the “Best in the Midwest” in its 2008 edition of Best Colleges: Region-by-Region. Serving 26,000 students, the University offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit

About The University of Akron School of Law
The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit