Priorities and purpose

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I had a break during meetings with alumni and donors in Atlanta on Dec. 20, so I surprised the Zips women’s basketball team by dropping by their road game at Georgia State. Bill Morgan even invited me onto his halftime radio show. Thank you, team, for a great game and road win, 78-66! Go Zips!

President Wilson at women's basketball game in Atlanta.


I had great fun as the guest tubist at TubaCristmas, one of the great traditions of our University.

I extend my gratitude to founder Tucker Jolly for the invitation and to all who attended.

President Wilson killed it at TubaChristmas. Come hear him and the rest of the tubas at 2:30 at EJ today! #profmattwilson

Posted by The University of Akron School of Music on Saturday, December 10, 2016

President introduces video

We are Zips. We are family. That’s what makes us The University of Akron

On Dec. 8, I had the pleasure of presenting to our students and employees a new video that highlights the partnership between UA and the LeBron James Family Foundation, and the deep connections the Zips family has with our city.

People here care deeply about the success of our students and are determined to advance society through higher education. This video conveys their sense of pride and commitment to our mission.

I invite all UA students, alumni, friends and employees to support our efforts by taking time to think about moments that have defined your UA experience and then share those memories through social media, answering the question “What makes us The University of Akron?”

I hope you enjoy the video. Feel free to share our Facebook and Twitter posts with your online friends!

Clayton Murphy returns, triumphant

With Clayton Murphy, bronze medalistU.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!

Interview on ZTV

My thanks to correspondent Jade Marshall and the whole team at ZTV's "Lights. Camera. Akron." for the opportunity to discuss issues of interest to students.

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.