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5/15/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

UA announces its 16th president

Scott Scarborough
Photo courtesy of The University of Akron
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The University of Akron (UA) Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to name Scott Scarborough, Ph.D., the 16th president of the university.

“Dr. Scarborough clearly shares our vision for The University of Akron,” stated Board Chairman Richard Pogue in a press release. “We have confidence that he will help us advance our mission as a public research university committed to our students’ success, to creating new models for sustaining academic excellence, and to our role as a vital contributor to the regional economy.” 

Scarborough’s five-year term will begin July 1. He will earn a base salary of $450,000, with an annual bonus of up to $80,000 and annual deferred compensation of $80,000, as well as use of a residence and an automobile stipend.

Scarborough, who was on a business trip out of town with his wife, Tammy, issued the following statement: “I was thrilled to have received the call from Chair of the Board Dick Pogue this afternoon with the news of my appointment. Tammy and I are very excited about the opportunity to join The University of Akron family and the Akron community. We look forward to doing our part to build on the great work of [outgoing President] Dr. [Luis] Proenza and the faculty, staff and students who make The University of Akron a great university.”

Scarborough comes to UA after more than seven years in leadership positions at the University of Toledo (UT) and its Medical Center (UTMC). During the last two years, he has been provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, serving as the chief academic officer and operating officer for UT. Prior to his current position, he was senior vice president and executive director of UTMC, responsible for the overall management and operations of its 319-bed hospital. From 2007 to 2011, he was senior vice president for finance and administration for both UT and UTMC. 

Scarborough came to UTMC from senior leadership positions at DePaul University, Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Co., The University of Texas System and Coopers and Lybrand/KPMG Peat Marwick. He has a doctorate in strategic management and a master of business administration and bachelor’s degree in accounting. 

He and Tammy live in Toledo with their daughter, Samantha. Son Spencer lives in Austin, Texas. Tammy, who joined Scarborough in his visit to campus last week, is chief financial officer of the University of Toledo Physicians Group.

The campus was invited to welcome Scarborough at a reception and press briefing May 12. The reception included welcoming remarks from Proenza and Pogue.

For more information on Scarborough, visit www.uakron.edu/bot/16th-president.dot.

 

ACWA offers APS students global education

FAIRLAWN — At the invitation of the Akron Council on World Affairs (ACWA), German diplomat Dominik Mutter will meet with Akron Public Schools (APS) high school students from Firestone, STEM and Ellet high schools in a formal session at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn today, May 15.

Curricula, study materials and assignments have been provided to teachers by ACWA in order for the students to prepare themselves on the following topics: the Ukraine crisis, U.S.-German political/economic relations and Germany’s Skills Initiative Program. Each student has chosen one of the topics and will turn in a formal report.

The students will attend a formal afternoon program, at which they will engage in a three-hour session with Mutter. Each group will include students from the three schools and will appoint a Table Leader who manages participation. At the end of the session, each student will complete and turn in a personal evaluation of his or her experience with the diplomat and with peers.

The students then will attend ACWA’s evening session, which is open to the public (registration is closed), remaining in their respective groups for dinner and for Mutter’s formal presentation. Students are invited to participate in the question and answer session afterward.

Global Scholars is a continuing program of social studies education provided by ACWA. It is supported by funding from The GAR Foundation, the OMNOVA Foundation and The Sisler-McFawn Foundation. ACWA has a collaborative relationship with APS and plans to include other high schools as additional funding is obtained. For more information on the program, visit www.akronworldaffairs.org/programs/global_scholars.html.

 

Norton Music Boosters plan for Tag Day

NORTON — The Norton Music Boosters have announced the seventh annual “Neighborhood Challenge” to be a part of the Tag Day Fund Drive this year.

Norton High School band and choir students in grades eight through 12 will be going door to door May 17 collecting donations for support of the music programs in the Norton City Schools. Students also will be stationed at various businesses around the community seeking donations. The Norton neighborhood making the largest average donation will be awarded a neighborhood picnic and parade by the Norton High School Marching Band. The band also will provide a mini-concert for the winning neighborhood. 

In addition, the Norton Music Boosters will provide their mobile cooker and will do all the grilling. The winning neighborhood will be aided in organization of the neighborhood picnic and the Booster organization will make any necessary arrangements with the city authorities.

The winning community will be asked to provide any additional side dishes. The winning neighborhood also will be encouraged to add other units to the parade, like decorated bicycles, a neighborhood citizen of the year, etc.

Residents who do not live in any organized housing development will be included with the closest “neighborhood” to their home.

The parade and picnic will take place Aug. 2.

 

Walsh Jesuit High School begins 50th celebration with mass

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Walsh Jesuit High School will host a year-long celebration to mark 50 years since the school opened its doors. The celebration will kick off with a Mass May 18 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of North American Martyrs. Walsh Jesuit’s former president, the Rev. Norm Dickson, SJ (1970-75), will be the celebrant.

During the Mass, the premiere of the Walsh Jesuit anthem, based on the Suscipe (a prayer written by St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits) and written by alumnus Zach Gustafson, class of 1996, will be debuted.

Walsh Jesuit was funded by a gift from Cornelius Walsh, a prominent businessman in Cuyahoga Falls in the early 1900s, according to school officials. His wife, Jane, wanted the school to be a memorial to her husband after his death. The Walshes’ gift, along with funding from the Cleveland Diocese and the purchase of 50 acres of Conway Farm, established the location and concept of Walsh Jesuit High School. On Sept. 27, 1964, the Rev. Francis Dietz, SJ, Walsh Jesuit’s first president, held a “blessing of grounds” ceremony, and on Sept. 7, 1965, Walsh Jesuit opened its doors to 153 freshmen.

“We are excited to celebrate all that Walsh Jesuit has accomplished in just 50 short years,” said Karl Ertle, Walsh Jesuit’s current president. “This is a great time for all in our Walsh Jesuit community to come together and honor each other, our alumni, our faculty and staff — all the people that truly make Walsh Jesuit an extraordinary place.”

Several events are scheduled throughout the 2014-15 school year, including a party at the school Sept. 27, several speaker events and a roundtable discussion. For more information about the 50th anniversary celebrations, visit www.walshjesuit.org.

 

Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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