President Luis Proenza's letter to University of Akron Board of Trustees. More later
This morning, John . . .
. . . at the Board of Trustees meeting, I will publicly announce a transition plan that provides the University ample opportunity to search for a new leader after I complete my presidency next year on June 30, 2014.
After 15 years at the helm, I have decided to take a one-year sabbatical starting July 1, 2014, and return to UA in a full-time faculty role.
Our Board of Trustees also will announce today the creation of a privately endowed Chair in Higher Education and the Economy. I am most grateful for the opportunity to assume that chair and continue to contribute to our students' success, our community's growth, and the future of higher education.
Together, our faculty, staff, and students have forged a vibrant university that is well positioned for further growth. Over the last 15 years, the University's impact on the region's economy has been remarkable. Visitors to our campus are most impressed by what they see; those who come to know us better are even more impressed by the creativity and productivity of our students, professors and researchers. I am most proud of our graduates who excel in their fields and contribute to society well beyond the borders of this campus -- indeed, around the world.
You are receiving this information in advance of its public release to the campus and the community. I am linking you to more information online that will be publicly posted after our Board meeting.
I look forward to seeing you in the near future.
With every good wish,