Scott L. Scarborough is the 16th president of The University of Akron. He took office on July 1, 2014.
In his first year he focused on updating strategic plans for each of the University’s 11 colleges, strengthening finances, recruiting new university leaders, and developing institution-wide initiatives to highlight the University’s historical strengths as a great polytechnic university.
Those initiatives include a National Center for Choreography, Center for Data Science and Information Technology, Corp of Cadets and Leadership Academy, Success Coaches for incoming freshmen, and low-cost general education courses taught in a blended learning format through the University’s Wayne College.
He previously served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at The University of Toledo since 2012. Scarborough was UT’s chief academic and operating officer, responsible for 12 colleges and divisions. He directed the development of a new five-year strategic plan for the main campus that emphasized improving academic quality, enhancing academic distinction and enriching the overall student experience.
From 2010-2012, Scarborough led The University of Toledo Medical Center as senior vice president and executive director. During his tenure the medical center won the Press Ganey "National Success Story of the Year Award" and was named "Best Hospital in the Region" by U.S. News & World Report.
Before joining Toledo, Scarborough served as executive vice president at DePaul University, the nation’s largest Catholic university. He was one of DePaul’s top three executives with oversight of operational divisions ranging from human resources to information technology to student affairs. Prior to DePaul, Scarborough also served as: CEO of the Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Co.; vice president for business affairs at The University of Texas at Tyler; and an audit manager and interim director of Employee Group Insurance for The University of Texas System.
Scarborough earned a Ph.D. in strategic management from The University of Texas at Arlington, an MBA from The University of Texas at Tyler, and a BBA in accounting from The University of Texas at Austin.
In his free time, he enjoys reading, golf, tennis, college sports and family activities.
Scarborough lives in Akron with his wife, Tammy, and their daughter, Samantha. His son, Spencer, has relocated to Akron from Austin, Texas, and enrolled in The University of Akron School of Law.
Tammy Scarborough is vice president for ambulatory services and chief operating officer of Summa Physicians Inc. at Summa Health System in Akron. Previously, she was director of finance and business systems for the Department of Pediatrics of Akron Children’s Hospital, and chief financial officer and chief operating officer of The University of Toledo Physicians Group (UTP).