Inside Higher Ed
August 18th, 2015
The president of the University of Akron, Scott L. Scarborough, on
Monday issued a statement pledging continued support to the University
of Akron Press. The university has been saying that for several weeks
now, but many on campus and off have been doubtful because the
university eliminated the jobs of all press employees.
Since then, the university has named a professor to lead the press, and
Scarborough's statement said that two employees of the press would have
their jobs restored. Further, he pledged not only to keep the contract
obligations of the press, as he has previously, but to "seek out new,
Reaction was mixed, with several observers who have advocated for the
press asking not to be quoted by name. They said generally that they
applauded the statement, but many have lost trust in university leaders,
so they were not prepared to celebrate.