University of Akron President Scott Scarborough steps down

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AKRON, Ohio-- The University of Akron Board of Trustees and President Scott L. Scarborough agreed he will step down on Monday, the school announced.

Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Rex Ramsier will perform the duties as president until an interim is named.

"The Board is charged with ensuring the effective governance, leadership and management of the University and, along with Dr. Scarborough, determined that new leadership is needed for the University to move forward and achieve sustained success in the future. The Board will conduct a rigorous and thorough search for a permanent president with the experience and qualities it believes are necessary to lead The University of Akron," Board of Trustees Chair Jonathan T. Pavloff said in a news release.

When Scarborough delivered his State of the University speech in October, he was met with protesting professors. The president was criticized for cutting more than 200 positions, eliminating the university's baseball program and rebranding the school as "Ohio's Polytechnic Institute."

"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," Scarborough said in a letter.

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