Dear Friends of The University of Akron,

As the public research university for Northeast Ohio, The University of Akron strives to be highly relevant, connected and productive in serving Ohio and the region, and to be accountable to the public. This report provides some examples of how the University leverages the region’s unique strengths and fosters educational, economic, social, cultural and intellectual vitality.

Simultaneously, the University is moving continually toward improving its functions to be as effective and cost-efficient as possible. To paraphrase University President Luis Proenza, The University of Akron wants to be measured by the value it adds to those it touches. This report also describes that philosophy and the plans that form the University’s new Vision 2020 strategic plan for the next 10 years.

As Trustees who represent the state of Ohio and the community on The University of Akron’s Board of Trustees, we are proud of the institution’s 140-year history and its amazing progress in the last decade, and we are pleased with where it is headed under the theme, “Student success is our success.” In a global economy that relies on ideas, innovation and concentrations of highly educated people, our region is fortunate to have this dynamic, metropolitan university in its midst. Please read this report, and let us know what you think. We are here for you.


Ann Amer Brennan

Mrs. Ann Amer Brennan, Chair