Standing committee assignments, 2023-24*

Academic Affairs Committee
(Dr. John M. Wiencek, liaison)

  • Christine A. Mayer, Chair
  • Trina M. Carter
  • Mark S. Lerner
  • Thomas F. Needles
  • Michael J. Saxon
  • William A. Scala
  • Thomas A. Waltermire
  • Bryan C. Williams
  • Luke D. Smith
  • Nicholas K. Campana

Audit & Compliance Committee
(Dallas A. Grundy/Meredith Merry, liaisons)

  • Trina M. Carter, Chair
  • Mark S. Lerner
  • Thomas F. Needles
  • William A. Scala
  • Bryan C. Williams
  • Luke D. Smith

Finance & Administration
(Dallas A. Grundy, liaison)

  • Michael J. Saxon, Chair
  • Trina M. Carter
  • Mark S. Lerner
  • Christine A. Mayer
  • Thomas F. Needles
  • William A. Scala
  • Thomas A. Waltermire
  • Bryan C. Williams
  • Luke D. Smith
  • Nicholas K. Campana

Nominating Committee
(M. Celeste Cook, liaison)


Rules Committee
(Dr. Gary L. Miller, liaison)

  • Bryan C. Williams, Chair
  • Mark S. Lerner
  • Thomas F. Needles
  • William A. Scala
  • Nicholas K. Campana

Strategic Issues Committee
(Dr. Gary L. Miller/Dr. John M. Wiencek, liaisons)

  • Christine A. Mayer, Chair**
  • Trina M. Carter
  • Thomas F. Needles
  • Bryan C. Williams
  • Thomas A. Waltermire
  • Luke D. Smith

Non-Standing Committee Assignments for 2023-2024

External Affairs Committee
(Matthew P. Akers, liaison)

  • Thomas F. Needles, Chair
  • Christine A. Mayer
  • William A. Scala
  • Bryan C. Williams
  • Luke D. Smith
  • Nicholas K. Campana

Safety & Facilities Special Committee
(Dallas A. Grundy, liaison)

  • Thomas A. Waltermire, Chair
  • Trina M. Carter
  • Mark S. Lerner
  • Michael J. Saxon
  • William A. Scala
  • Luke D. Smith

Note: *As Board Chair, Mr. Adkins is a voting, ex officio member of every committee.
**As Board Vice Chair, Ms. Mayer serves as the chair of the Strategic Issues Committee, per Rule 3359-1-02(B)(2).

Appointments to University-affiliated Boards, 2023-2024

The University of Akron Foundation
Lewis W. Adkins, Jr.

University Of Akron Research Foundation (UARF)
Thomas A. Waltermire
Bryan C. Williams

Alumni Association National Board
Trina M. Carter

Liaison Appointments to Shared Governance Groups for 2023-2024

Faculty Senate
Mark S. Lerner
Luke D. Smith

Fall 2023-Spring 2024 Faculty Senate meeting dates (3:30 – 5:30 p.m.):

  • Thursday, September 7, 2023
  • Thursday, October 5, 2023
  • Thursday, November 2, 2023
  • Thursday, December 7, 2023
  • (No meeting in January 2024)
  • Thursday, February 1, 2024
  • Thursday, March 7, 2024
  • Thursday, April 4, 2024
  • Thursday, May 2, 2024

University Council
Thomas A. Waltermire
Nicholas K. Campana

Summer-Fall 2023, Spring-Summer 2024 University Council meeting dates (3:00 – 4:30 p.m.):

  • Tuesday, August 8, 2023 – Via Teams
  • Tuesday, September 12, 2023 – Leigh Hall
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2023 – Via Teams
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2023 – Via Teams
  • Tuesday, December 12, 2023 – Via Teams
  • Tuesday, January 9, 2024 – Via Teams
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2024 - Via Teams
  • Tuesday, March 12, 2024 - Via Teams
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2024 – Leigh Hall
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2024 – Via Teams
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2024 – Via Teams
  • Tuesday, July 9, 2024 – Via Teams

Descriptions of Standing Committees

Academic Affairs Committee:

Reviews, considers and makes recommendations concerning all policy matters requiring attention or action of the Board relating to the following:

  • academic planning and governance;
  • degree and certificate programs;
  • research and related activities;
  • student admissions;
  • other matters of policy governing or pertaining to academic and curricular affairs;
  • student engagement and success including—enrollment services, advising, counseling, and academic support programs; student development and conduct; student financial aid and scholarships; intercollegiate athletics; and other non-academic matters affecting students;
  • Alumni Association structures, strategies, and policies; and
  • communication and marketing strategies.

Finance & Administration Committee:

Reviews, considers, and makes recommendations concerning all policy matters requiring attention or action of the Board and relating to the following matters prepared by and brought to the committee by University administrators:

  • University budget and financial operations and their alignment with academic objectives and priorities, business organization, and practice;
  • capital budget and plan;
  • personnel appointments, employment and compensation policies, practices and procedures, changes of status, and salary adjustments consistent with review requirements prescribed elsewhere in University rules;
  • placing and renewal of insurance;
  • borrowing of funds and issuance of bonds and notes;
  • determination of student fees and other sources of University income;
  • custody and investment of any funds that are now under or may in the future come under control of the Board of Trustees;
  • institutional fiscal health indicators, including but not limited to those required by Senate Bill 6 and by applicable licensure and accrediting entities;
  • submission of appropriation requests and other such matters that involve the expenditure or commitment of funds related to capital projects for the University; and the purchase, sale, and lease of real estate;
  • Development policies, including the solicitation of funds and oversight of investment policies to support University needs, including academic priorities; coordination of activities with the University of Akron Foundation; naming of buildings and other honorary designations; and relations with local, state, and federal legislative and administrative agencies;
  • Preparation, conduct, or review of negotiations or bargaining sessions by University administrators with bargaining agents for University employees; and
  • “investment committee” authority per Ohio Revised Code Section 3345.05.

Strategic Issues Committee:

Considers the University administration’s recommendations concerning the following:

  • strategic positions, plans and priorities of the University that, from time to time, require the Board's focused attention as assigned by the Chairperson of the Board for review, as appropriate;
  • coordination with the Chairperson of the Board the delivery of reports to and reviews by the Board of Trustees;
  • identification and assignment of projects related to strategic plans and priorities to other committees of the Board, as appropriate;
  • organization of the Board and the individual involvement and fiduciary and legal roles of Trustees;
  • bylaws regarding the operation of the Board and its committees;
  • operation of the Board and matters related to Board and Trustee assessment, Trustee selection and Trustee orientation;
  • expectation of Trustees’ comportment within the Board, and with the president and internal and external constituencies;
  • avoidance of conflict of interest or commitment or the appearance of same;
  • board size, composition, and organization;
  • calendaring of University events for the Board, its committees, and individual Trustees (including commencement);
  • Trustee roles and professional development for Trustees; and
  • other matters assigned by the Board or the Chairperson of the Board.

Per University Rule 3359-1-02(B)(2), the Board Vice Chairperson shall serve as chair of the Strategic Issues Committee.

Rules Committee:

Considers and makes recommendations concerning the adoption, amendment, and repeal of rules of the University required to be filed with the state. Such rules shall include, but not be limited to, any rule, regulation, bylaw, or standard adopted by the Board of Trustees, or pursuant to their rule-making authority.

Audit & Compliance Committee:

Provides oversight of the University's financial practices, internal controls, fiscal responsibility, and standards of conduct, and coordinates with the Chairperson of the Board delivery of reports on University compliance and risk management issues by appropriate University administrators to the Board. The committee will review and make recommendations of the following:

  • appointment, replacement, reassignment, or dismissal of the chief audit executive;
  • selection of outside auditors, intended audit scope, duration of engagement, and evaluation of performance; and
  • to request and receive reports from University administrators, the chief audit executive, the chief compliance and risk officer, and the outside auditors concerning significant risks or exposures facing the University and the adequacy of University controls and policies.

Related: Office of the Chief Audit Executive

Nominating Committee:

Meets annually to recommend a slate of officers to the Board, so that its report and recommendations may be voted upon at the subsequent regular meeting of the Board.

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