Wednesday, 15 May 2024 16:12

University of Akron Names New President Featured

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University of Akron Trustees today named Robert "R.J." Nemer, as their new President, and at the same time announced the retirement of current U-A President, Gary Miller, who has been with the University since 2019.

Nemer's appointment is effective immediately, and Miller will remain as a special consultant to the president to provide transition support through his official retirement.

A search will be conducted for the new dean of the College of Business.

Nemer, who received both his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and his J.D. in Law from the University of Akron, has been serving as the dean of UA's School of Business for the past two years. 

Nemer previously worked as an attorney, and founded a profesional golf agency in 1998, which he sold to William Morris Endeavor/IMG in 2015.

In a statement released today, University Trustees say they have tasked President Nemer with "leading the University in its next steps toward a more sustainable future, focusing on a return to solid financial footing."

They also thanked Miller for his contributions. “Under the guidance of President Miller, The University of Akron has taken meaningful, tangible steps to address serious challenges presented by a rapidly changing higher education environment and the global pandemic,” said Lewis Adkins, UA Board chair. “His leadership in tackling significant financial issues, while reinvigorating relationships with the local Akron community as well as within the University community, has been critical to the progress made during his tenure."

In addition, Miller stated: "“I want to thank the Board, staff, faculty and most of all our inspiring students for giving me the opportunity to create a bright future for this fine University,” said Miller in a statement. “As I enter the next chapter of my life, I have full confidence that President Nemer will continue the good work we have done to create an exciting future for our students and our campus. His skills as an entrepreneur, business leader and innovator will serve this University well as we continue to seek creative ways to stay ahead in a challenging marketplace."


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