President Luis Proenza’s legacy at the University of Akron is one of orgiastic spending and declining institutional performance by all measures that truly matter.
How is it that the university’s board of trustees continues to reward this obviously failing performance with such rich rewards as were described in the Aug. 8 article detailing Proenza’s impending retirement (“Proenza will step down as UA chief”)?
How does this board measure success? It may be hitting the mark, though it seems abundantly clear that it is aiming in the wrong direction.
The University of Akron has become a case study in how not to run a university. The ultimate irony is that the trustees intend to create the “Trustees Chair in Higher Education and the Economy,” which will be held by Proenza upon his retirement.
This gives us some insight into just how out of touch with reality this board is with the economics of higher education at its own institution, with $620 million spent on campus improvements, a $62 million football stadium for one of the worst teams in its division, but poverty wages for part-time faculty, exorbitant compensation for a bloated administration and graduation rates among the lowest in the nation.
Don’t give Proenza a platinum parachute. Give him a pink slip.
Vice President, New Faculty Majority
Success on and off the court
While reading the “Promising futures” article on Aug. 11, I thought everything LeBron James continues to do mobilizes prosperity in our community. Here is a man who donates his time and energy empowering children to achieve their dreams, as he has already done. He truly cares about his city.
Even though he plays for Miami, James is visible in giving back to where it all started for him. I say to anyone who believes he needs to do more that they should work toward making positive strides themselves.
James is an example of the success everyone can attain through diligence and patience. Let us not deprecate the success he has on and off the court.
By tapping into our abilities and skills, we make ourselves into trailblazers, whatever avenues we pursue, in politics, education, business or medicine.
Wesley Ellis Wilkins
Is a story about a porn queen worthy of front-page coverage (“Spicy tales are work of passion,” Aug. 10)? It’s no wonder our society has declined to its present low.
Why don’t you send someone out to cover a business that’s doing something good?
Music to their ears
On behalf of the Greater Akron Musical Association, I would like to thank everyone in Akron and surrounding communities for coming out for the Summer Parks concerts.
We have had a wonderful time performing for you. Your enthusiastic interaction and applause throughout each of the evenings has made each night a joyous musical occasion. Hundreds of you have been in attendance each night, and we cannot thank you enough for your participation and encouragement.
Our sincere thanks to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the city of Akron for making these concerts possible. We eagerly look forward to performing one more time for you this week at Goodyear Metro Park.
Greater Akron Musical Association