SEARCH FOR THE 16TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

Presidential search: Finalists named

Three finalists will visit campus the week of April 28

Three finalists have been selected by The University of Akron’s Board of Trustees, which is conducting a Presidential Search. Each finalist will spend an entire day interviewing on campus and meeting with the multiple Constituency-Advisory Groups who helped to define the qualities sought in the next University of Akron president. Those groups include faculty, staff, students and community members. The three finalists also will appear individually at an open, public forum.


Ronald A. Nykiel, Ph.D.

Will visit April 28. Schedule.

Ronald A. Nykiel, Ph.D.Dr. Nykiel currently is Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Maryland.

Appointed to that position in February 2013, he is responsible for all schools, programs, faculty and staff in the academic division; academic accreditations; international programs; institutional research; instructional technology; the honors program; registrar’s office; policy and strategy development and implementation; organizational and strategic planning; academic budget oversight; and brand management and marketing.

Application materials

Scott L. Scarborough, Ph.D.

Will visit April 30. Schedule.

Scott L. Scarborough, Ph.D.Dr. Scarborough currently is Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at The University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio.

Appointed to that position in 2012, he serves as the chief academic and operating officer in charge of the colleges of engineering; business; communication and the arts; language, literature and social sciences; natural sciences and mathematics; education; social justice and human service; law; graduate; honors; adult professionals; YouCollege; UTXnet World Campus; as well as the university’s libraries; enrollment and management; registrar’s office; university teaching center; and the division of student affairs.

Application materials

James P. Tressel, M.A.

Will visit May 1. Schedule.

James P. TresselMr. Tressel is Executive Vice President for Student Success at The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.

Appointed as Vice President of Strategic Engagement in 2012, he is responsible for academic advising; academic encouragers; Office of Accessibility; Adult Focus program; Akron Experience; Career Center; Choose Ohio First scholarship programs; Counseling Center; financial aid; learning communities; Military Services Center; Multicultural Academic Services/Office of Multicultural Development; new student orientation; Student Success Center; Transfer and Adult Student Enrollment Center; tutoring and workforce development; and continuing education.

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The University of Akron’s Presidential Search Framework at a Glance

Summary:
The entire board of trustees constitutes the presidential search committee and follows a prescribed process to conduct a national search and involve appropriate constituencies. See flow chart.

Additional Detail:
The chairperson of the board names four voting trustees as a presidential advisory and screening committee with the following responsibilities:

  1. To make initial and ongoing recommendations to the search committee regarding the criteria, process, and scheduling for the search for the president;
  2. To recommend executive search firms for consideration by the search committee;
  3. To receive applications and nominations on behalf of the search committee;
  4. To conduct first-level screening for candidates and make recommendations to the search committee;  and
  5. To conduct those activities related to the search as may be assigned by the Chairperson of the search committee.

Seven representative constituency and advisory groups (see sidebar) are involved at the search at the following two critical points:

  1. Prior to the invitation for nominations or applications of candidates, the groups will meet with the presidential advisory and screening committee to discuss the proposed criteria, process and scheduling for the search process.
  2. Prior to the selection of the president, each of the groups will be provided an opportunity to meet with the finalists during campus visits and to provide input to the Board.

The seven representative constituency and advisory groups are comprised as follows:

  1. The deans of the University’s degree-granting colleges;
  2. Five elected members from the academic department chairs and directors of schools;
  3. Six elected members, three each, from Faculty Senate and Akron-AAUP;
  4. The nine vice presidents of the University, as well as the head of human resources and the director of affirmative action/EEO officer;
  5. Three student representatives—the president of Undergraduate Student Government, the president of Graduate Student Government and the president of the Student Bar Association; and
  6. A group of community leaders, including the president of the University’s Alumni Association Board and other significant University supporters, selected by the Presidential Advisory and Screening Committee; and
  7. Six elected members, three each, from the Contract Professional Advisory Committee and the Staff Employee Advisory Committee.

Constituency/Advisory Groups

Deans of degree-granting colleges

The deans of degree-granting colleges shall be invited to a meeting with each finalist candidate brought to the campus.  A representative chosen by those deans shall have the opportunity to discuss orally with the full board of trustees, in executive session, their collective views with respect to each finalist candidate.

Academic department chairs and school directors

The chairs of academic departments and directors of schools shall elect from their membership five representatives who shall be invited to a meeting with each finalist candidate. A representative chosen by this group shall have the opportunity to discuss orally with the full board of trustees, in executive session, their collective views with respect to each finalist candidate.

Faculty Senate and Akron-AAUP

The faculty senate and Akron-AAUP shall each elect from their membership three representatives who shall be invited to a meeting with each finalist candidate.  This group of faculty senators and bargaining unit faculty, in accordance with article 10, section 6 of the collective bargaining agreement between the university of Akron and the American association of university professors, the university of Akron chapter, which became effective in 2005, shall have the opportunity to discuss orally with the full board of trustees, in executive session, their collective views with respect to each finalist candidate.

Senior administration

The vice presidents, head of human resources, and the director of affirmative action and EEO officer shall be invited to a meeting with each finalist candidate.  A representative chosen by this group of administrators shall have the opportunity to discuss orally with the full board of trustees, in executive session, their collective views with respect to each finalist candidate.

Student representatives

The president of the undergraduate student government, the president of the graduate student government and the president of the student bar association shall be invited to a meeting with each finalist candidate.  A representative chosen by these student representatives shall have the opportunity to discuss orally with the student trustees and the chair of the presidential advisory and screening committee, in executive session, their collective views with respect to each finalist candidate.

Community leaders

The advisory committee shall select a group of community leaders, including the president of the university of Akron alumni association, to meet with each finalist candidate.  A representative chosen by this group shall have the opportunity to discuss orally with the full board of trustees, in executive session, their collective views with respect to each finalist candidate.

CPAC and SEAC

CPAC and SEAC shall each elect from their membership three representatives who shall all be invited to a meeting with each finalist candidate. One SEAC and one CPAC representative from this group of six shall have the opportunity to discuss orally with the full board of trustees, in executive session, their collective views with respect to each finalist candidate.