Matthew J. Wilson, interim president


How you can help more students graduate

We recently launched a campaign to raise dollars for scholarships.

Last fall, 72 percent of our students received financial aid. The need for support grows each year. Declining support from other sources means scholarship gifts are more important than ever.

Learn how you can make an immediate impact on students.


We are committed to supporting all members of the University family, including international students, scholars, researchers, and faculty. Please read my entire statement about the executive order on U.S. immigration policy.

Watch the Feb. 3 open forum on U.S. immigration policy changes with me and Elizabeth Knowles, an expert in immigration law and the director of UA’s Immigration & Human Rights Clinic.


UA-Vietnam Agreements

President Wilson signing an agreement in Vietnam

During winter break I traveled to Vietnam January 8-11 with Dr. Patrick Gaughan, School of Law, to sign memorandums of understanding with two universities in Hanoi and one in Danang. The agreements lay the foundation for future collaborative relationships between our institutions, primarily involving law, economics, business and social sciences.

Look for more announcements as UA aggressively extends its global activity in 2017.

Akron Press Club

Thank you, Akron Press Club, for the Jan. 18 luncheon and opportunity to share more details about our “Stabilize. Invest. Grow.” strategy. More than 100 people attended and asked great questions about the future of our fine institution.


I talked about Zips athletics, the benefits of attending a comprehensive university and what's next for UA with Emmett Golden and Jerod Cherry of ESPN Cleveland WKNR 850-AM.


I had a break during meetings with alumni and donors in Atlanta on Dec. 20, so I surprised the Zips women’s basketball team by dropping by their road game at Georgia State. Bill Morgan even invited me onto his halftime radio show. Thank you, team, for a great game and road win, 78-66! Go Zips!

President Wilson at women's basketball game in Atlanta.


I had great fun as the guest tubist at TubaCristmas, one of the great traditions of our University.

I extend my gratitude to founder Tucker Jolly for the invitation and to all who attended.

President Wilson killed it at TubaChristmas. Come hear him and the rest of the tubas at 2:30 at EJ today! #profmattwilson

Posted by The University of Akron School of Music on Saturday, December 10, 2016

President introduces video

We are Zips. We are family. That’s what makes us The University of Akron

On Dec. 8, I had the pleasure of presenting to our students and employees a new video that highlights the partnership between UA and the LeBron James Family Foundation, and the deep connections the Zips family has with our city.

People here care deeply about the success of our students and are determined to advance society through higher education. This video conveys their sense of pride and commitment to our mission.

I invite all UA students, alumni, friends and employees to support our efforts by taking time to think about moments that have defined your UA experience and then share those memories through social media, answering the question “What makes us The University of Akron?”

I hope you enjoy the video. Feel free to share our Facebook and Twitter posts with your online friends!

Announcement of Knight endowment

At the Nov. 1 announcement about the endowment are, from left: Eric Amis, Ph.D., dean of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and vice provost for research; Matthew J. Wilson, president of The University of Akron; Matthew Becker, Ph.D., the first holder of the W. Gerald Austen Endowed Chair in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering; Dr. W. Gerald Austen, cardiac and thoracic surgeon, and former trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Alberto Ibargüen, president of the Knight Foundation; and Dr. Delos "Toby" Cosgrove, president and chief executive at the Cleveland Clinic.

Record gift creates Austen chair in polymers

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation funded a $3 million endowment to create the W. Gerald Austen Endowed Chair in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. Dr. Matt Becker, an outstanding young researcher and educator, is an excellent choice as the first holder of UA’s largest endowed chair. Story and video.


Black Male Summit Academy

Our Black Male Summit Academy launched in October, with more than 200 students from Akron, Canton and Cleveland public schools in attendance.

At the first meeting, they learned how to prepare for college, including a mock classroom session during which they learned lessons from our freshman orientation course curriculum.

We hope they will join us as students in a few years!


Meeting and listening to high school principals

I’m in the process of visiting as many high schools as I can in Summit and surrounding counties, meeting the principals to better understand how we may best serve their students and faculty. Above, visits to Revere, Our Lady of the Elms and East. More to come!

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