Matthew J. Wilson, interim president

Priorities and purpose

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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 Firestone. More to come!

With Clayton Murphy, bronze medalist

Clayton Murphy returns, triumphant

U.S. Olympic medalist and Forever Zip Clayton Murphy came back to his alma mater this week to talk about his experience of winning Olympic bronze (surprisingly heavy) in the 800-meter race at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Clayton was joined in Rio by two other Zips, pole vaulters Shawn Barber competing for Canada and Annika Roloff for Germany. Congratulations to all three!

With summer graduates

Celebrating our graduates

Great summer graduation. Had some fun doing zelphies with summer ’16 graduate Amanda Marotta (on my right), and her friends (from left) juniors Maria Fritz and Heather Daniels, and 2013 business alumna Francesca Marotta. Read my address to the graduates.

At Akron Rotary

In the community, talking about our excellence

Thank you to my fellow Rotarians for their kind reception when I spoke at the Rotary Club of Akron’s Aug. 23 meeting. Their strong spirit of service to the community is an inspiration and an example that we will follow as we expand our University’s culture of service.

The campus at The University of Akron HOW TO REACH ME

Interim President Matthew J. Wilson


Phone: 330-972-7869

On Twitter: @profmattwilson

Mail: Office of the President
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-2901