Office of University Partnerships

Office of University Partnerships


Candace Campbell Jackson

Since its inception, The University of Akron has valued its partnerships. The Akron Model, the University’s nationally acclaimed partnership framework, has garnered the university great recognition and admiration for its scope and impact.

Our president, Dr. Luis Proenza, has said the following on partnerships: “From this foundation, we optimize outcomes for our students and our communities by enhancing our institutions relevance, connectivity and productivity. We engage partners in industry, academia and government; create dynamic collaborations that spark innovation; and produce more graduates ready to compete in our knowledge economy.”

The University’s strategic plan - Vision 2020 - goals reflect “innovative collaborations and partnerships across educational, industrial, community and government entities that can generate collective impact.” Additionally, the University has the distinct designation of Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation. The Carnegie Classification is supported by the strength of our partnerships culture.

The University of Akron is “deeply rooted in our communities” and we are more robust and unique because of our diverse services and partnerships. The Office of University Partnerships serves as a bridge between The University of Akron and our partners. We value existing innovative and strategic partnerships and are excited about the opportunity to create and facilitate many new partnerships.

We encourage your active involvement and engagement with our Office and our campus so that we may continue to connect the university regionally, nationally, and globally.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if can we serve you in any way.

Candace Campbell Jackson, J.D.
Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Chief of Staff

Partner in the spotlight: Make a Difference Day

In April 2014, UA was one of 10 national honorees, and the only college, to receive $10,000 from the Newman's Own Foundation for the community service projects organized for Make A Difference Day -- 2014 America's largest day of volunteering. UA's gift will be donated in University's name to the United Way of Summit County's 2013 Annual Campaign.

In UA's nine years of participation, more than 5,800 students and staff have dedicated more than 21,400 hours of service to Summit County, says Alison Doehring, assistant director of student life. Read more about the award or see the online photo gallery of the ceremony.

At right, UA's Anne Bruno (middle), executive director of the Student Union, and Thad Doyle (far right), senior associate director of student life, accepted on behalf of the University the "Make A Difference Day" Award in Washington, D.C.  With them from left is Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Jenna Bush Hager of NBC's "Today" show.

Partnership leaders

Courtney Gonser

Tom Wistrcill

Carnegie Engagement
Dr. Karla Mugler

Community Relations
Wayne Hill

Development/Public Affairs
John LaGuardia

Lee Gill

EJ Thomas
Dan Dahl

Holly Harris Bane

Christina Ross

Off Campus Student Services
Eric Green

Schools/Educational Organizations
Candace Campbell Jackson

Service Learning
Dr. Theresa Beyerle

Special Events and Catering
University Catering/Conferencing, Julie Lough
Student Union, Anne Bruno
Athletics Facilities, Paul Hammond

Student Engagement
Alison Doehring | Denine Rocco

UA Research Foundation
Dr. George Newkome | Wayne Watkins

UA Business Solutions
Brian Malloy

Not sure with whom to connect? Looking to partner with the University? Contact Dr. Kim Beyer at