No relief for the University of Akron and its president Scott Scarborough with a new YouTube video that uses paper sack puppets in a parody of Scarborough and others. The video was uploaded by a group that calls itself Graduates over Greed.
As of 6:00 this morning, the video was well on the way to nearly 3,500 views; the group also has a Facebook page. The now-famous antique olive jar that decorates the Scarborough bedroom makes the cut. There were a couple of violinists outside a recent board of trustees meeting that are also part of the joke.
ADVANCE NOTICE -- some of the language in the video clip may not be welcome with the kids listening.
Ode to an Antique Olive Jar:
"O Olive Jar! You are empty while I am sad.
I cannot afford to fill thee with expensive imported olives."
The poem, written by University of Akron graduate and retired educator Wendy Duke, was intended to symbolize the feeling of disgust that many are attaching to an $556 decorative olive jar recently purchased for the university-owned presidential residence.
Duke and dozens of others waited nearly two hours outside the doors of room 339 inside the Student Union. UA Board of Trustees were scheduled to meet in a public session around 9 a.m. The nearly two-hour wait was plenty of time for protesters to voice their opinions and express their concerns surrounding UA's recent budget cuts, including the elimination of 213 jobs.
Protestors chanting outside the doors of the UA board of trustees meeting... pic.twitter.com/MzkaUB07XT— Amani Abraham (@AmaniAbraham) August 12, 2015
28-year veteran English professor Antonia Forster made it very clear why she showed up.
"Generalized rage about the way the university is being destroyed by this attitude that money is the only thing that matters," said Forster.
People like Forster are mad about the elimination of staff and proposed reconfiguration of the UA Press, EJ Thomas Hall and the hiring of an inexperienced company to provide success coaches to students.
"The faculty is being treated like morons and lied to all the time and each time one lie gets pointed out, they come up with another one," said Forster. "There's a pattern of getting rid of all the people who know how to do things and replacing them with cheap people who don't know what they're doing."
Kristie Kern and her 10-year-old son, Kenton, were also in attendance outside the board of trustees meeting, using their violins as a way to express their concerns and present a symbolic message to represent the changes and job cuts at EJ Thomas Hall. Kern's husband, Kevin, is a UA history professor and also a member of the UA Press board.
"We, most especially, are upset about the situation with EJ Thomas Hall," said Kern. "This is why we brought our violins, my son and I, to represent the loss of performance opportunities at EJ Thomas."
But much of the attention was placed on the support offered for president Scott Scarborough, drawing snickers from people who were hoping to hear the opposite.While it was business as usual inside room 339 as UA board of trustees.
"We believe Dr. Scott Scarborough has appropriately and effectively addressed the issues presented to him," said Pavloff, who was then interrupted by the crowd's laughter. reconvened following an executive session Wednesday morning, Scarborough and Board Chairman Jonathon Pavloff did admit to making mistakes -- saying the administration could have done a better job delivering the message.
The board of trustees did not hear or answer questions from the public.
The University of Akron is offering a more detailed explanation about its budget crisis that has dominated social and traditional media the last couple of weeks.
The university's method to fill a $60 million two-year hole is well-publicized but offering insight to media and the community has been reactive and sporadic until today. UA President Dr. Scott Scarborough agreed to answer our questions. Just hours after the exclusive conversation, the university began spreading the link to a new page on its website that is dedicated to giving a different take to some media reports.
The interview is mainly about the budget but also focuses on some specific criticisms, including that $556 olive jar that sets somewhere in the newly renovated home that Scarborough (or any UA president) is required to live.
Here's a synopsis of some of the topics we discussed:
Road to recent budget deficit: UA was spending more than it could afford; enrollment has been declining, which Scarborough says is a trend in the Midwest; state budget cuts and recession are factors.
Confidence in plan: Scarborough is confident and says it's difficult to protray optimism in the days after eliminating jobs but he says right-sizing the budget will allow UA to thrive.
Mistakes: The fee hike but mainly in the way they went about it. Scarborough says invoices went out before UA told anyone it was coming; he says it could be revisited.
Communication: Scarborough defends some of UA's communication strategy but admits that it fell short in some areas, too.
Program Cuts: EJ Thomas, Multicultural Center, Off Campus Student Services and UA Press are among the biggest losers; Scarborough explains how they can survive, including hiring some people. Yes, UA may actually create some new posititions related to the ones that were just eliminated.
Athletics: Following some calls to partially dismantle or eliminate football may not be prudent; he explains the many variables.
Success Coaches: Scarborough explains why he okayed a committee recommendation to hire TrustNavigator to provide success coaching rather than a company that has actually done it before.
The University of Akron is defending its decision to hire an outside company to provide student success coaches in the midst of a projected $60 million shortfall. Associate Vice President of Student Success Stacey Moore was part of the committee that recommended approving an $843,000 contract with Trust Navigator, a company with no prior experience working with a success coaching program.
Trust Navigator was picked over InsideTrack, a nationally recognized program with around 15 years of experience. UA officials were impressed with InsideTrack's record, but the univeristy wanted to team up with a local program that would provide on-campus resources. Despite Trust Navigator's lack of student coaching experience, the university was interested with the company's goals -- including hiring UA graduates and working directly with students on campus. Moore said there's already research that proves direct and consistent contact with students improves retention. And that's what she said Trust Navigator is offering.
"We're not flying blind on Trust Navigator, even though they don't have a proven track record in higher education," Moore said. "It is attractive to us that they're hiring our own graduates, recent alumni. That means they're contributing to our student success after graduation."
Moore said tackling a program, like the one offered by Trust Navigator, on their own would require more money, more time and create a larger, more permanent risk.
"Keep in mind that this is a pilot [program], so we also want the ability to watch it, judge if it's successful and if it's not, then we can move outside of our contract pretty quickly, in a way that would not be as easy if we hired a whole set of people internally," said Moore.
Moore estimates that it would have cost UA about $1.3 million, possibly more, to launch the program on their own. While InsideTrack would have cost the university around $1.66 million, Moore said one of the major disadvantages with the program would be the lack of on-campus coaching to provide face-to-face communication with students.
As for Trust Navigator's lack of prior experience in higher education, Moore continued to reiterate the fact that the university has the ability to terminate the contract at any time if they're not happy with the service. That's something Moore said wouldn't be easy if they hired their own staff.
The program doesn't replace the role of advisors or counselors at the university. Moore said it's a service that adds a more personal coaching method that students can utilize both in and out of the classroom.
Moore admits that the committee didn't take a look at Trust Navigator's website before picking the company to launch the program at the university, but she says they focused on the responses to the request for proposal that was released in late June. Despite the university's recent budget cuts, including eliminating 213 jobs, Moore believes the process of making investments remains crucial.
"As challenging as it is, and we are certainly living the challenge of difficult fiscal times, if you fail to invest in anything, then I don't know how you move forward."
UA plans to take the lead on the project and oversee how Trust Navigator coaches are trained before meeting with students.
One phase of budget cuts at the University of Akron is over, at least as far as a statement from University President Dr. Scott Scarborough is concerned. He acknowledges the pain caused but has noted the situation was dire with a massive $60 million dollar defecit first identified. The furor over belt-tightening, however, is getting more fuel to the fire over costs renovating the President's residence.
By contract, the University President is required to live in the home at 465 Burning Tree Drive, purchased in 1999 at a cost of $850,000 in a neighborhood marked by large homes and wealthy neighbors. The University maintained the home needed repairs and renovations left behind after Dr. Luis Proenza's departure after 15 years in the home, and also cited allergies suffered by Scarborough's family that prevented them from fully moving in. The family had been staying at a local hotel at a reported cost of $25,000 while repairs and renovations were being made. The Scarborough's moved into the home in January, according to the report.
The family provided their own furniture for their living quarters on the second floor of the home; the first floor is used for entertaining and meetings and more public use.
The new report from Northeast Ohio Media Group shows the costs of repairing the home -- with a property valuation now listed at just over $733,000 dollars -- is actually $950,000, more than the home is worth. The report notes some of the work includes renovations and repairs from University of Akron construction employees who were part of layoffs proposed by the Administration and approved by the Board of Trustees earlier this week in decisions that sidelined 161 employees and abolished 213 positions from the University's budget.
Among the items going into renovations: a modernized first floor bathroom at a cost of $40,000 and more than $141.000 for furnishings and decorations including window treatments.
In contrast, a report by student media at Kent State University in November 2014 compared the various perks other colleges and universities provided their Presidents. Kent State's Beverly Warren lives in a home built by her predecessor, Dr. Lester Lefton, and KSU pays an annual lease of $56,000 annually on a deal extending to 2033. Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel, who was a finalist for the Akron job but criticized by faculty for not having a doctorate, lives in Pollock House, an 1863 mansion gifted to the University in 1950.
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As the University of Akron eliminated more than 213 jobs this week including over 50 jobs in its Department of Student Success, board of trustees also approved a move to spend $843,000 on a company that would provide "success coaches" for students.
But details on the company delivering those "coaches" are limited with the exception of a single article on the website FreshWaterCleveland.com published last month or the company's own website. Trust Navigator searches respond with links directly to the company's website or background on some of the key staff listed by the company.
On Monday, board of trustees approved plans to enter an agreement with Trust Navigator, LLC, a not-for-profit organization based out of Mayfield Heights, to provide coaches to work "closely with this fall’s incoming freshman class." The package of layoffs approved by Trustees included deep cuts in the existing "student success" bureaucracy at the University.
According to Trust Navigator's website, the coaches are "assigned to a student until graduation" focusing on "academic success and retention." While those goals are in line with UA's mission to focus on student success, there is little known about Trust Navigator's prior clients or experience in the educational field. In examining the Trust Navigator website there are no references to existing clients or events. WAKR.net reached out to UA officials for comment, but our request was acknowledged by a University spokesperson who noted key individuals who could answer any inquiry were on vacation and would not be available until next week. WAKR has requested copies of documents presented to the University of Akron Board of Trustees outlining the student success agreement and the contact between the firm and University as well as other documents which may provide other information about Trust Navigator's experience.
Trust Navigator's website does include some information regarding the past experience of those directly involved in the organization, including Trust Navigator's Chief Ambassador, Tom Roulston. He's listed as the “ideas man” behind the company with "30 years of entrepreneurial experience." Roulston currently runs two companies, Roulston Buyside Research and Thomas Roulston Investment Partners.
Rob Reho, Chief Operations Ambassador, has more than 32 years of "experience in marketing and operations management." According to the company's website, Reho graduated from the University of Akron with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Organizational Communications and completed his MBA at Kent State University. He serves as the interim General Manager for Flohr Machine and is the owner of Executive Marketing Plus.Reho returned our calls but was unable to provide additional information, explaining he was also on vacation this week but would be in a position to provide more background next week.
In the position of Communications and Curriculum Ambassador, the first staffer recognized on the website, Grace Roulston, is listed as a graduate from Ohio University with a Major in Communications and a Minor in Film Studies. According to the website, she worked in marketing for Save Local Now, a startup company where she gained "experience working with entrepreneurs and getting to learn about a variety of small businesses." The website was revised Thursday afternoon to list Anna Zeller instead of Roulston in the position of "Chief Envoy Ambassador" with a qualification listing her college career at Allegheny College and the University of Akron where she also played on the women's soccer team. A graduate Summa Cum Laude with a Major in History and a Minor in Art history, Zeller "...accepted the opportunity to work at Trust Navigator and help other college students maximize their educational experience' according to the website.
Details in regards to Trust Navigator's history is limited, but a quick search revealed that in a 2005 revised disclosure form, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) listed Trust Navigator, LLC as an investment adviser --- but is now listed as "NOT currently registered and is NOT filing reports with the SEC or any state." Kenneth A. Louard, former director of operations and chief counsel with the Cleveland Browns, and Tom Roulston were listed in the SEC filing as managing partners.
Louard is currently the director of business development at Grain Management, LLC in Sarasota, Florida.WAKR.net searched for more information on Louard; there were three LinkedIn profiles for a Ken or Kenneth Louard and all appear to be of the same person with business interests in northeast Ohio and affiliation with an investment and equity firm in Sarasota, Florida. In one, the Harvard Business School educated Louard is listed as the owner of Trust Navigator, LLC. A more comprehensive listing shows Louard as a Director of Grain Management LLC of Sarasota since August 2012. Grain Management is listed as a private equity firm specializing in media and communications sectors with two flagship funds managing "...a number of the country’s leading academic institutions, endowments, and public pension funds." Louard's LinkedIn resume also includes more than seven years with the Cleveland Browns serving as Director of Operations and Chief Counsel and as partner for more than three years with the Cleveland-based law firm of Gonzalez, Saggio and Harlan.
Here is the list of positions eliminated as a result of the budget cuts at The University of Akron, along with their annual pay and value of fringe benefits. Associate Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Wayne Hill notes that of the 213 eliminated positions, 161 were filled and will result in layoffs while the rest were vacant positions.
|Classification||College/VP Location & Unit||Ann + Fringe|
|1||Acting Dir, Data & Technology||Buchtel College of Arts & Sci/A&S Dean's Office||23,560|
|2||Asst to Dean, Comm Engmt & Dev||Buchtel College of Arts & Sci/A&S Dean's Office||113,275|
|3||AssttoDeanStu&AdminAff-A&S||Buchtel College of Arts & Sci/A&S Dean's Office||118,734|
|4||Administrative Secretary||College of Applied Sci & Tech/Business & Info Technology||25,141|
|5||Academic Adviser II||College of Applied Sci & Tech/Coll of Appl Sci & Tech Dean's||32,881|
|6||Academic Adviser II||College of Applied Sci & Tech/Coll of Appl Sci & Tech Dean's||32,576|
|7||Administrative Assistant||College of Applied Sci & Tech/Coll of Appl Sci & Tech Dean's||40,854|
|8||Secretary||College of Applied Sci & Tech/Engineering & Science Tech||22,760|
|9||Office Assistant||College of Applied Sci & Tech/Trng Ctr, Fire & Haz Mtrls||25,161|
|10||Co-Op Coord||College of Engineering/Co-op||43,000|
|11||Asst to Director, IPE||College of Polymer Sci & Engr/Institute, Polymer Engineering||87,358||*|
|12||Engineering Technician Sr||College of Polymer Sci & Engr/Institute, Polymer Engineering||73,950||*|
|13||Engineering Technician Sr||College of Polymer Sci & Engr/Institute, Polymer Engineering||79,442|
|14||Engineering Technician Sr||College of Polymer Sci & Engr/Institute, Polymer Science||71,379||*|
|15||Student Services Counselor||Division of Student Success/Admissions||63,326|
|16||Student Services Counselor||Division of Student Success/Admissions||49,485|
|17||Student Services Counselor||Division of Student Success/Admissions||57,269|
|18||Student Services Counselor||Division of Student Success/Admissions||57,602|
|19||Secretary||Division of Student Success/Associated Student Government||55,543|
|20||Administrative Secretary||Division of Student Success/Counseling & Testing Center||60,812|
|21||Academic Adviser I||Division of Student Success/Ctr Acad Advising & Stu Succ||29,277|
|22||Asst Dir, Acad Advisement Ctr||Division of Student Success/Ctr Acad Advising & Stu Succ||62,779|
|23||Asst VP, Student Success||Division of Student Success/Ctr Acad Advising & Stu Succ||122,828|
|24||Office Manager||Division of Student Success/Ctr Acad Advising & Stu Succ||44,822|
|25||Sr Business Analyst||Division of Student Success/Ctr Acad Advising & Stu Succ||77,226|
|26||Coord Developmental Progs Supp||Division of Student Success/Developmental Programs||43,398|
|27||Asst Dir, Stu Health Srvs||Division of Student Success/Health Services||73,393|
|28||Assoc Dir, Multi Dev Progs||Division of Student Success/Multicultural Development||62,779|
|29||Departmental Records Spec||Division of Student Success/New Student Orientation||44,519|
|30||Assoc Dir, Rec & Wlns Srvs Opr||Division of Student Success/Ocasek Natatorium||84,942|
|31||Administrative Assistant||Division of Student Success/Off-Campus Student Services||65,900|
|32||Asst Dir, Commuter Central||Division of Student Success/Off-Campus Student Services||70,446|
|33||Asst Dir, Off Campus Stu Srvc||Division of Student Success/Off-Campus Student Services||51,861|
|34||Dir, Off Campus Stu Svcs||Division of Student Success/Off-Campus Student Services||95,533|
|35||Office Manager-Accessibility||Division of Student Success/Office of Accessibility||67,899|
|36||Administrative Assistant Sr||Division of Student Success/Office of Student Success||67,111|
|37||Asst to VP, Fis Op Stu Success||Division of Student Success/Office of Student Success||88,716|
|38||ExecAssttoVP&DirStratPlng&Comm||Division of Student Success/Office of Student Success||80,020|
|39||VP, Student Success||Division of Student Success/Office of Student Success||280,980|
|40||Coord, Residence Life||Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off||46,237|
|41||Coord, Residence Life||Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off||42,147|
|42||Coord, Residence Life||Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off||45,440|
|43||Coord,Housing Assign&Contracts||Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off||34,858|
|44||Custodial Superintendent||Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off||53,301|
|45||Custodial Superintendent||Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off||53,301|
|46||Department Admin Asst||Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off||69,443|
|47||Residence Life & Housing Spec||Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off||81,254|
|48||Coord, Writing Lab||Division of Student Success/Student Academic Success||66,457|
|49||Assoc Dir, Stud Union Ops||Division of Student Success/Student Life||67,474|
|50||Asst Dir, Maintenance||Division of Student Success/Student Life||70,501|
|51||Coord, Bus Office Student Life||Division of Student Success/Student Life||70,170|
|52||Coord, Events & Scheduling||Division of Student Success/Student Life||62,268|
|53||Coord, Scheduling||Division of Student Success/Student Life||62,175|
|54||Coord, Technology||Division of Student Success/Student Life||54,967|
|55||Head Volleyball Coach||Division of Student Success/Student Rec & Wellness Srvs||106,451|
|56||Mgr, Aquatics||Division of Student Success/Student Rec & Wellness Srvs||49,846|
|57||Mgr, SRWC Systems||Division of Student Success/Student Rec & Wellness Srvs||58,610|
|58||Assoc Dir, Stud Services Ctr||Division of Student Success/Student Services Center||75,062|
|59||Student Enrollment Counselor||Division of Student Success/Student Services Center||45,912|
|60||Student Services Specialist||Division of Student Success/Student Services Center||46,165|
|61||Student Services Specialist||Division of Student Success/Student Services Center||58,752|
|62||Student Services Specialist||Division of Student Success/Student Services Center||48,499|
|63||Student Services Specialist||Division of Student Success/Student Services Center||50,289|
|64||Student Services Specialist||Division of Student Success/Student Services Center||53,207|
|65||Exec Dir, Student Initatives||Division of Student Success/Student Success Center||95,533|
|66||Secretary||Division of Student Success/Student Success Center||50,909|
|67||Sr Exec Administrative Asst||Division of Student Success/Student Success Center||38,122|
|68||Student Services Counselor||Division of Student Success/Transfer & Adult Stu Enroll Ct||63,507|
|69||Administrative Secretary||Honors College/Honors College Dean's Office||56,845|
|70||Administrative Assistant Sr||Office of Academic Affairs/Incl & Equity/Chief Diversity||62,932|
|71||Assoc Dir, Multi Center||Office of Academic Affairs/Incl & Equity/Chief Diversity||57,768|
|72||Assoc Dir, Multi Center||Office of Academic Affairs/Incl & Equity/Chief Diversity||50,769|
|73||Assoc Dir, Multi Dev Progs||Office of Academic Affairs/Incl & Equity/Chief Diversity||64,144|
|74||Secretary||Office of Academic Affairs/Incl & Equity/Chief Diversity||58,662|
|75||Dir, Institutional Research||Office of Academic Affairs/Institutional Research||160,660|
|76||Administrative Secretary||Office of Academic Affairs/International Programs||72,562|
|77||Mgr, Opns & Systems OIP||Office of Academic Affairs/International Programs||80,346|
|78||Administrative Assistant Sr||Office of Academic Affairs/Office of Academic Affairs||75,985|
|79||Assoc Dir, Inst Teach & Lrng||Office of Academic Affairs/Office of Academic Affairs||88,610|
|80||Assoc Provost, Talent Dev||Office of Academic Affairs/Office of Academic Affairs||200,313|
|81||Assoc VP, Strat Init & Eng||Office of Academic Affairs/Office of Academic Affairs||177,219|
|82||Asst to President, Emeritus||Office of Academic Affairs/Office of Academic Affairs||50,095|
|83||Coord Print Mfg & Digital Prod||Office of Academic Affairs/University Press||82,557|
|84||Dir, University Press||Office of Academic Affairs/University Press||143,252|
|85||Editorial & Design Coord||Office of Academic Affairs/University Press||65,704|
|86||Dir Development||Office of Advancement/Department of Development||102,357|
|87||Mgr Annual Fund||Office of Advancement/Department of Development||51,451|
|88||Sr Exec Administrative Asst||Office of Advancement/Department of Development||97,911|
|89||Advertising Manager||Office of Advancement/Univ Comm & Marketing||78,198|
|90||Assoc VP & Chief Comm Officer||Office of Advancement/Univ Comm & Marketing||252,481|
|91||Public Relations Rep||Office of Advancement/Univ Comm & Marketing||57,596|
|92||Assoc VP, CPFM & PFOC||Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Capital Planning & Fac Mngt||122,828|
|93||Spec Asst for Envir Compliance||Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Env & Occ Health & Safety||111,481|
|94||Building Maintenance Supt||Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities||66,172|
|95||Coord, Physical Fac Admin||Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities||46,184|
|96||Dir, Bldg Srvs,Gnds & Spec Srv||Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities||114,863|
|97||Dir, Phys Fac Bus Admin||Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities||95,806|
|98||Master Electrician Crt||Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities||64,961|
|99||Master Painter Crt||Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities||61,932|
|100||Master Painter Crt||Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities||60,479|
|101||Painter||Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities||52,938|
|102||PFOC Budget/Fiscal Admin||Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities||58,872|
|103||Asst Chief, Univ Police||Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/University Police Department||141,953|
|104||Locksmith||Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/University Police Department||52,817|
|105||Patrol Officer||Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/University Police Department||29,806|
|106||Patrol Officer||Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/University Police Department||29,806|
|107||Police Officer II||Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/University Police Department||85,857|
|108||Student Services Counselor||Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Admissions||53,725|
|109||Administrative Secretary||Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Career Center||61,569|
|110||Administrative Secretary||Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Career Center||52,726|
|111||Asst Dir, Career Center||Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Career Center||61,414|
|112||Career Adviser||Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Career Center||53,520|
|113||Program Assistant||Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Career Center||67,505|
|114||Department Admin Secretary||Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Medina County Univ Center||34,858|
|115||Department Admin Secretary||Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Transfer & Adult Stu Enroll Ct||54,331|
|116||Dir, Student Serv & Tech||Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Transfer & Adult Stu Enroll Ct||87,326|
|117||Asst to CIO, Strat Initiatives||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Application Systems Svs||144,103|
|118||Asst VP, Applications Dev||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Application Systems Svs||191,988|
|119||Dir, Applic Systems Srvs||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Application Systems Svs||160,973|
|120||Project Manager IT||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Application Systems Svs||86,020|
|121||Security Administrator||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Application Systems Svs||92,941|
|122||Sr Systems Analyst Programmer||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Application Systems Svs||22,908|
|123||Sr Web Developer||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Application Systems Svs||74,258|
|124||Electronic Technician||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Audio Visual Services||61,811|
|125||Asst VP, Computer Operations||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs||177,219|
|126||Customer Support Specialist||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs||46,517|
|127||Customer Support Specialist||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs||49,092|
|128||Dir, Inter & Srv Sys Srvs||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs||147,945|
|129||Electronic Technician Sr||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs||80,527|
|130||Mgr, Tech Learning Support Ctr||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs||96,624|
|131||Software Deployment Specialist||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs||65,930|
|132||Sr Systems Administrator||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs||91,781|
|133||Systems Administrator||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs||64,064|
|134||Systems Administrator||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs||102,978|
|135||Technology Specialist||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs||76,227|
|136||Technology Specialist||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs||83,889|
|137||Technology Specialist||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs||41,161|
|138||Asst to VP/CIO, Proj Support||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Info Tech Srvs Office Support||85,958|
|139||CBA & Eval Testing Asst||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Instructional Services||88,038|
|140||Instructional Designer||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Instructional Services||77,383|
|141||Instructional Designer||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Instructional Services||75,062|
|142||Learning Tech Support Spec||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Instructional Services||97,662|
|143||Sr Systems Analyst Programmer||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Instructional Services||96,887|
|144||Coord, Radio Communication||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Network & Comm Svs||34,788|
|145||Accounting Clerk Sr||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Telecommunications||73,955|
|146||Dir, Network & Telecom||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Telecommunications||148,751|
|147||Telecom Network Administrator||Office of Info Technology Srvs/Telecommunications||74,531|
|148||Asst Dept Syst Admin, HR||Office of Talent Dev & HR/Talent Dev & Human Resources||27,252|
|149||Dir, Spec Events & Projects||Office of Talent Dev & HR/Talent Dev & Human Resources||104,111|
|150||TD & HR Associate||Office of Talent Dev & HR/Talent Dev & Human Resources||69,776|
|151||Administrative Assistant||Office of the President/Athletic External Relations||50,636|
|152||Dir, Info Stadium, Lic & Mer||Office of the President/Athletic External Relations||66,842|
|153||Administrative Assistant||Office of the President/Office of Athletics||59,504|
|154||Asst Baseball Coach||Office of the President/Office of Athletics||49,200|
|155||Asst Baseball Coach||Office of the President/Office of Athletics||40,943|
|156||Asst Dir, Football Operations||Office of the President/Office of Athletics||54,590|
|157||Asst to the Head WBB Coach||Office of the President/Office of Athletics||42,816|
|158||Asst Women's Tennis Coach||Office of the President/Office of Athletics||39,578|
|159||Athletics Business Manager||Office of the President/Office of Athletics||57,915|
|160||Dir, Marketing & Promotions||Office of the President/Office of Athletics||53,520|
|161||Dir, Men's Soccer Ops||Office of the President/Office of Athletics||53,440|
|162||Dir, Women's Soccer Ops||Office of the President/Office of Athletics||33,450|
|163||Head Baseball Coach||Office of the President/Office of Athletics||96,470|
|164||Sr Assoc Athl Dir, Ext Rel||Office of the President/Office of Athletics||159,266|
|165||Sr Exec Administrative Asst||Office of the President/Office of the President||82,738|
|166||Dir, Mktg & Comm Law||School of Law/Law Dean's Office||66,900|
|167||Library Specialist||University Libraries/UL Access Services||48,456|
|168||Administrative Assistant||University Libraries/UL Dean's Office||49,334|
|169||Asst to Dean, Univ Libraries||University Libraries/UL Dean's Office||65,155|
|170||Library Associate||University Libraries/UL Electronic Services||57,359|
|171||Library Associate Sr||University Libraries/UL Electronic Services||40,097|
|172||Visit Asst Prof, Bibliography||University Libraries/UL Research & Learning Srvs||71,500|
|173||Library Specialist||University Libraries/UL Science & Technology||69,626|
|174||Legal Assistant||VP & General Counsel/VP & General Counsel||82,678|
|175||Legal Assistant||VP & General Counsel/VP & General Counsel||72,684|
|176||Accounting Clerk II||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Assoc VP & Controller||43,277|
|177||Administrative Assistant Sr||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Assoc VP & Controller||64,052|
|178||Property Accounting Specialist||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Assoc VP & Controller||57,995|
|179||Administrative Assistant Sr||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Assoc VP, Treasury & Fin Plan||101,726|
|180||Mgr, Ticket Office||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/EJT Hall Box Office||74,148|
|181||Asst Mgr, Mailing Srvs||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Mailing Services||51,484|
|182||Asst Dir, Parking Srvs||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Parking & Transportation Srvs||79,421|
|183||Ticket Booth/Lot Monitor||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Parking & Transportation Srvs||16,545|
|184||Ticket Booth/Lot Monitor||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Parking & Transportation Srvs||17,433|
|185||Ticket Booth/Lot Monitor||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Parking & Transportation Srvs||18,987|
|186||Ticket Booth/Lot Monitor||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Parking & Transportation Srvs||18,987|
|187||Ticket Booth/Lot Monitor||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Parking & Transportation Srvs||18,341|
|188||Asst Managing Dir||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall||68,238|
|189||Business Mgmt Assoc, PAH||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall||52,432|
|190||Coord Mktg, PAH||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall||58,816||*|
|191||Coord, External Programs PAH||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall||63,425|
|192||Coord, Ticket Office||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall||39,742|
|193||Events Assistant||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall||22,153|
|194||Exec Dir, Performing Arts Hall||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall||213,993|
|195||Managing Director||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall||113,675|
|196||Mgr, Sales & Marketing, PAH||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall||87,820|
|197||Mgr, Technical Srvs - PAH||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall||79,618|
|198||Technical Svcs Assoc, PAH||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall||47,295|
|199||Technical Svcs Assoc, PAH||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall||55,971|
|200||Asst Buyer||VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Purchasing Department||56,481|
|201||Dir, Grad Prof Development||VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/Graduate School||70,149|
|202||Student Services Counselor||VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/Graduate School||53,695|
|203||Student Services Counselor||VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/Graduate School||52,423|
|204||Student Services Counselor||VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/Graduate School||27,138|
|205||Coord, Grants Sr||VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/Office of Research Admin||64,246|
|206||Secretary||VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/Office of Research Admin||45,124|
|207||Assoc VP, Res & Dir Tech Trans||VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/Technology Transfer, Off of||250,787|
|208||Sr Exec Administrative Asst||VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/VP Research & Grad School||60,823|
|209||Instr Tech Trainer/Spec-WC||Wayne College/Academic Affairs - Wayne||46,407|
|210||Coord, Developmental Prog||Wayne College/Developmental Programs-Wayne||81,522|
|211||Mgr, Tech Support Svs - WC||Wayne College/Technical Support Srvs - Wayne||71,074|
|212||Patrol Officer||Wayne College/University Police - Wayne||35,025|
|213||Desktop Publishing Specialist||Wayne College/Word Processing Ctr-Wayne||35,887|
|*Indicates salaries not budgeted.|
The University of Akron has released a list of those affected by budget-related job cuts - which affect 213 positions and 161 employees.
A list of all the position cuts is published here on WAKR.net.
The layoffs will save the university about 15-million dollars a year in salary and benefits.
The list confirms the dismissal of all staff at E.J. Thomas Hall, the Student Services Center, the Multicultural Center and the UA Press.
UA officials say the Multicultural Center will consolidate with the Office of Inclusion and Equity and that University Press is being merged into the university library system.
Other departments affected included the Office of Information Technology.
University officials say that some employees have "bumping rights"...that could enable them to move to another position within the university, thereby displacing another person.
The University of Akron is trying to clear up more of the budget fallout that they didn't make clear the first time.
Layoffs at the university's multicultural center and at University Press do not mean those entities are closing. That's according to the vice president of advancement, Larry Burns, who says the multicultural center will consolidate with the Office of Inclusion and Equity.
He says University Press is being merged into the university library system. The university made the clarification after some media reported that both facets were being closed.
The same thing happened before ... the university fired the staff at E.J. Thomas Hall, media reports suggested that E.J. was being closed down, then the university said that was incorrect.
(Statement from Lawrence Burns, Vice President of Advancement, The University of Akron) Media reports that The University of Akron plans to close its Multicultural Center and University Press are incorrect. Neither entity will close and UA's commitment to both diversity and the support of the humanities is resolute.
The Multicultural Center's operations are being consolidated with the university's Office of Inclusion & Equity. This consolidated unit is being elevated and will report directly to the president.
University Press operations are being transferred to UA's Division of Libraries.
Working in close consultation with faculty leadership – including the head of the Faculty Senate and the president of the AAUP-Akron chapter – there was an in-depth and comprehensive nine-month review of university finances that led up to the development of the University's budget. Unfortunately, position eliminations were a necessary part of the budget-balancing work to strengthen UA's financial health. As part of that process, it was determined that there would be no faculty layoffs to ensure the academic mission of the University was protected.
(Earlier coverage) A second day of layoffs at the University of Akron have hit other full departments.
Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that all staffers at UA's Multicultural Center and the UA Press have been released.
That comes after the staff of E.J. Thomas Hall was laid off on Monday.
213 positions are affected over all, with 161 employees in filled positions losing their jobs.
The University of Akron is trying to close a 60-million dollar budget gap, and administrators also eliminated the university's baseball program.
On the Web: Northeast Ohio Media Group, www.cleveland.com
Monday's University of Akron Board of Trustees meeting was packed with those who wanted to weigh in on budget cuts.
The fact that none of them were able to provide input was frustrating to UA Director of Orchestral Studies Dr. Guy Victor Bordo, who attended the meeting.
"It was a pretty frustrating experience to observe," Bordo tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol. "There didn't appear to be any discussion, and there certainly wasn't any opportunity for anyone who came there, to comment."
Bardo says he feels for those who are losing their jobs in the cutback.
"Basically, what's going to happen is, a lot of people will be losing their jobs that didn't create the problem," Bardo says.
He's worried about the impact on E.J. Thomas Hall, which won't see any UA-supported events that aren't rented out or paid for by outside money.
Bardo points out that E.J. Thomas Hall sees around 400,000 visitors a year, where InfoCision Stadium sees just a few thousand a game.
University of Akron board of trustees agreed to reverse the university's decision to impose a $50 per credit hour fee on upper-level courses -- but also agreed to cut 213 positions.
UA spokesman Wayne Hill said employees will be notified on Monday and Tuesday.
The moves were made after the university announced plans to eliminate a $60 million dollar shortfall over the next few years.
Trustees didn't take any questions from faculty, staff and students. Some waited two hours to speak after trustees held an executive session.
The University of Akron is planning to reverse its decision to add a $50 per credit hour fee on higher level courses.
President Scott Scarborough released a statement this morning announcing the change and plans to ask the Board of Trustees to remove the "upper-division program fee."
Scarborough plans to make the official recommendation at a special board meeting on July 27.
The Ohio Department of Higher Education was looking into the fee increase to determine if the fees were being used to get around Ohio's tuition freeze.
(UA President Scott Scarborough) "Following the passage of the state budget, The University of Akron has worked with the Chancellor's Office of the Ohio Department of Higher Education and with legislators to address how best our institution can achieve a sustainable financial position that protects academic quality and ensures the investments necessary to enable the University to fulfill its mission going forward.
"The University's Board of Trustees approved a FY2016 budget on June 10, prior to the adoption of the state budget. In addition to reducing expenditures significantly, the budget included several fee increases, including an upper-division program fee. The state budget adopted on June 30 contains an increase in the State Share of Instruction for higher education, with approximately $4 million in additional funding to UA. We are grateful to the legislature under the leadership of Senate President Keith Faber and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and to Governor John Kasich for the additional funding.
"We also appreciate the intention of Chancellor John Carey and State Representative Kirk Schuring to work with the state legislature to resolve a unique financial burden on UA resulting from its status as the only university participating in the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio (SERS). Due to SERS regulations, UA is forced to pay a 'surcharge' on its contribution to the system that artificially increases the university's payment by more than $1.2 million annually.
"I am asking our Board of Trustees to approve retracting the upper-division program fee previously established and amending the FY2016 operating budget accordingly. I will make that recommendation at a special Board meeting on July 27. The net change to the University's budget will be relatively flat due to the increase in state funding and the planned changes related to SERS."
Jonathan Pavloff, Chairman of UA's Board of Trustees, said, "The conversations with Chancellor Carey and legislative leadership have resulted in them better understanding and appreciating the steps we are taking to strengthen our financial position so that we can maintain our academic excellence and invest in the growth of the University. Their support of our efforts is very much appreciated."
The University of Akron announcing a three-year plan to address financial concerns...and that means some 40-million dollars in budget cuts that'll cut 215 non-faculty jobs and end UA's baseball program.
UA vice president for advancement Larry Burns says that the nine month budget process ended up out of balance.
"And as we looked into the budget, it became clear that we had a 60 million dollar difference in balancing the budget," Burns tells WAKR.net. "So, that was a major concern, a lot of debt that the university has."
Burns says the baseball program ended up on the cutting block because the University of Akron can't afford needed renovations to the baseball facilities.
"Our baseball facility, you might know, needs a great deal of capital investment, that the university is not in a position to do," Burns tells WAKR's Sam Bourquin.
Also ending, non-academic programs at E.J. Thomas Hall that aren't rented to outside providers. And dining services will be outsourced.
The 40-million dollars in cuts are part of a plan to close a projected 60-million dollar deficit. The rest would come from recently announced student fees and projected enrollment growth by the third year of the plan.
(University of Akron) University of Akron (UA) President Scott Scarborough announced today a three-year plan to address the university's significant financial challenges.
The plan was drafted following a 9-month review and analysis of University finances. Leadership of the Faculty Senate, the campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors, and a representative of department chairs, participated weekly in the budget process that led to the development of the plan.
"The University of Akron's future is bright, but first we need to fix its finances," President Scarborough said. "Our review indicates UA has a $60 million financial problem, and we have developed a three-year plan to solve that problem."
The plan protects the University's core academic mission, its quality, and its connectedness to the community and the region it serves. It reduces University expenses by $40 million, raises graduate tuition and undergraduate fees by $10 million, and projects profitable enrollment growth in the third year of the plan by $10 million.
UA Board of Trustees Chair Jonathan Pavloff said, "These actions reinforce our ability to invest in those things that move our University forward on the path to significance and strength."
The $40 million of expense reductions include the following:
Eliminating 215 positions via a planned reduction in workforce. No faculty layoffs are occurring.
Eliminating non-academic programming in EJ Thomas Hall, except for rentals.
Outsourcing dining services.
Renegotiating healthcare plans.
Increasing the cost share of retiree dependent coverage.
Changing the University's retire/rehire policy.
Centralizing course scheduling.
Reducing central costs, such as legal fees and University memberships.
"The most painful but necessary reduction is the abolishment of filled positions," said Scarborough. Affected employees will be notified later this month, after the University ensures it has complied with all applicable government regulations and contractual agreements.
"We are working hard to ensure that our colleagues whose positions will be eliminated are shown the respect and courtesy they deserve," Scarborough said. "We owe them our thanks and appreciation for their years of service to the University."
The University's financial plan and budget funds new college strategic plans, leverages UA's historic strengths, funds new initiatives to grow future revenue streams, and includes funds to maintain and enhance academic quality consistent with its goal of becoming a great polytechnic university like Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.
In a message to campus, Scarborough said, "We know that the next few weeks will be tough. After that, we will refocus our efforts on the mission ahead—to become a great public university for all of Northeast Ohio and the world."