Scott Scarborough arrived at the University of Akron 18 months ago with two objectives — put the finances in order and improve enrollment. The latter involves elevating the profile of the school, a task that surely includes enhancing the quality of education and the university experience. The UA president has real achievements. He has made painful budgeting decisions that others too long put off, and he has launched some promising initiatives.
Akron cannot independently confirm FirstMerit Corp. fulfilled its 2013 promise to provide 150 new jobs in Akron in exchange for millions of dollars of upgrades to its aging plaza, but a city official said he has no reason to doubt the bank’s word.