The University of Akron President Scott Scarborough has resigned.

The University of Akron’s Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to accept Scarborough’s resignation, effective May 31, 2016.

An interim president will be named in the near future.

Scarborough was named the university’s 16th president in 2014. Scarborough’s tenure was plagued by budget cuts and a rebranding effort that never quite caught on.

Letter from President Scarborough to Faculty, Staff and Students

The University’s Board of Trustees and I have mutually agreed that, effective May 31st, I will step down as President of The University of Akron.  It is our belief that new leadership is needed for the University to move forward and achieve sustained success in the future.

I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve this great University and work not only to address the challenges that were before it when I arrived, but also to begin the process of change that is necessary for the University to succeed in the rapidly changing environment of higher education.

I am grateful to the Board of Trustees for giving me the opportunity to serve.  As I look forward to the next chapter in my life, I hope that our faculty and staff, our passionate alumni, generous donors and committed and sincere members of the Akron community come together to advance the process of change and continuous improvement necessary for The University of Akron to realize its vast potential.

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