Akron-AAUP Response to the Appointment of Matthew J. Wilson as Interim President of The University of Akron

The Akron-AAUP extends a warm welcome to Interim President Matthew J. Wilson. Given recent challenges at The University of Akron, Dr. Wilson is a strong transitional figure. His background and experience as a faculty member and administrator positions him to work with the faculty to restore trust between the campus community and the university leadership, and to begin much needed improvement to shared governance at The University of Akron.

The faculty of The University of Akron are deeply committed to student success and a bright future for this institution. We see the appointment of a leader with academic experience as a sign that we have been heard. Now, we must continue to be a part of a conversation that will focus on the educational mission of the university and build on its considerable existing strengths to ensure an excellent learning environment for our students.

The Akron-AAUP looks forward to working closely with Dr. Wilson to unify The University of Akron leadership, campus and community, so we can move forward as one.