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University of Akron president says he will focus on financials
President Scot Scarborough says it is important to get the university back on the right financial track
Story by AMY HANSEN


 
University of Akron President Scott Scarborough says he will work on investing in facilities.
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With challenges including decreasing state support and increasing administration costs, the role of a college president can be a tough gig. But new University of Akron president Scott Scarborough says he is committed to getting his school on a positive financial track. For StateImpact Ohio, Amy Hansen has more.

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A recent report from the American Association of University Professors says there’s been “explosive growth” in administrative spending on campuses across the country.

But in an interview with WCPN Monday, the University of Akron’s new president, Scott Scarborough, said the complexity of today’s higher education requires more non-faculty staff to provide a widening array of student services and facilities.

“It’s a competitive marketplace," Scarborough says. "Students have many, many choices, and they’re going to want to come to an institution that has the facilities and equipment that helps support the kind of higher education that they believe that they need.”

Scarborough has a track record of streamlining costs at the handful of other colleges listed on his resume.

He says he is using his first 90 days at Akron to assess what steps he may pursue to balance academic and non-academic investment.

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