Inside Higher Ed
August 7th, 2015
What does the modern public university president need in a bedroom?
An itemized list of the $951,000 in expenses on renovations of the
presidential home of the University of Akron's leader, Scott
Scarborough, features many items one might find in a bedroom (if not,
for most people, at these prices). As published by The Akron Beacon-Journal,
the purchases included $1,742 for a headboard, $2,693 for two night
tables and a mirror for $1,844. But it was an item less expensive than
those (and other bedroom purchases) that seems to have created the most
distress at Akron: an olive jar purchased for $556.40.
In part because many of us function without expensive olive jars in our bedrooms, that purchase has people talking.