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University of Akron President Dr. Luis Proenza announced today that he plans to leave his presidency on June 30, 2014.
The announcement was made at a board meeting this morning. Dr. Proenza, 68, who served as the university's president since 1999, is serving the longest continuous presidency at Ohio’s public universities.
After he completes his one-year sabbatical, Dr. Proenza will return to full-time teaching as a tenured University Professor.
The board of trustees also approved the creation of a privately endowed Chair in Higher Education and the Economy. It is expected that Dr. Proenza will hold the chair for ten years.
On the web: www.uakron.edu/president/transition.dot
((University of Akron Press Release)) At a regular meeting of the University’s Board of Trustees, University of Akron President Luis M. Proenza announced a transition plan to complete his presidency on June 30, 2014, and take on a full-time faculty role after more than 15 years of leading the University through significant growth and transformation. The Board unanimously approved the plan and Board Chair Richard W. Pogue announced the creation of a privately endowed Chair in Higher Education and the Economy, modeled after Dr. Proenza’s most important contributions to the University. The Board of Trustees agreed to lead the effort to fund the Chair with privately donated monies.
“President Proenza has created a lasting imprint on this University, the City of Akron, and the entire region,” said Pogue. “He truly defines what it means to be a transformative leader, taking this University from a commuter school to a landscape for learning that is producing new generations of innovative and entrepreneurial contributors to the region’s economy and beyond. Luis has literally been the driving force behind what we call ‘the energy of innovation,’ that has earned national and international notice for our university.”
Proenza, who came to UA at the end of 1998, is serving the longest continuous presidency at Ohio’s public universities. In recent years, he has discussed with Trustees a strategy for a seamless transition to new leadership and a new role that would allow him to continue to contribute to higher education and student success. Proenza will become President Emeritus and, in addition to his current tenured professorship in biology, will be named University Professor in the Office of Academic Affairs. The latter appointment recognizes his talents in teaching across disciplines and colleges, including business, education, and science fields. To further recognize Proenza’s ongoing commitment to higher education and the economy, the Board of Trustees has commenced to raise $1 million in private donations to endow a new Trustee’s Chair in Higher Education and the Economy. Proenza will be the inaugural chair holder on July 1, 2016. Immediately following the completion of his presidency on June 30, 2014, he will begin a sabbatical he earned after serving as president for ten years.
“I am gratified by the Board’s ongoing support and extraordinary recognition,” said Proenza. “What we have built together over the last 15 years—together with staff and faculty and our students—is a vibrant university well-positioned for continued growth. Through research and teaching, innovation and education, and an unwavering focus on student success, this University is adding economic value to our communities and enriching lives. I look back with pride and look forward to contributing for many years to come, to expand the knowledge base, influence, impact and reputation of The University of Akron. Moreover, I look forward to my final year as president, pledging to the Board of Trustees and the University community my strong commitment to address the challenges and opportunities that will best position this university for new leadership.”
According to the announcement made by Pogue today, the prestigious Trustee’s Chair in Higher Education and the Economy is intended for (1) someone who is recognized in Ohio and at the national level as an academic administrator who is committed to the mission of higher education and its predominant role in the economic future of our state and nation; (2) someone who can effectively advocate for the role of research and its intersection with both wealth creation and economic prosperity; and (3) someone who is committed to generating interest in and recruiting students for study in the science, technology, engineering or math disciplines to develop talent pipelines in those areas. It is assumed that Proenza will hold the chair for at least ten years. When he no longer holds the chair, it shall be renamed the Luis M. Proenza Chair in Higher Education and the Economy.
Other terms of the agreement between Proenza and the Board call for him to receive an increase in base salary on January 1, 2014 from the current $425,000 to $500,000 during his final six months as President. His current salary of $425,000 has remained unchanged since January 1, 2012. He will be entitled to a sabbatical leave equivalent to one year, with the base salary of $500,000 being the maximum payment during the sabbatical. When he returns to campus to assume his new role as a full time tenured University Professor, his salary will be reduced to 65% of his final base pay (or the salary of the highest paid full time faculty member at The University of Akron, whichever is greater). Proenza agreed to the 65% level in the new agreement in lieu of the 80% figure to which he was entitled under his original contract. The agreement remains in force until the end of 2026, as long as Proenza remains a valued contributor to the university under the terms of the agreement. In addition, an annual privately funded stipend of $50,000 will be provided as the endowed chair holder, beginning July 1, 2016.
“Back in 1998, when the Board initially negotiated President Proenza’s contract, they were focused on securing a transformational leader. They offered a very competitive compensation package to attract that type of professional, and Luis has indeed been well worth the investment,” said Board chair Pogue. “In our recent discussions, Luis was more than willing to revisit the terms of his contract in order to both save the university significant dollars over the long term, while securing some personal flexibility in his faculty employment through potential leaves of absence without pay.” For example, although his original agreement provided for indefinite tenure upon returning to the faculty, the new agreement has a stipulated end date of July 1, 2026, thereby effectively terminating his tenure at that time. Taken together, the changes agreed to for Proenza’s post-presidential employment as a faculty member potentially save the University up to $3 million, compared to the original terms.
Pogue indicated that a special meeting of the Board would be held in September to begin the search process for the next university president. The full Board of Trustees will serve as the presidential search committee, with opportunity for substantial input from various campus constituencies, in accord with existing University rules.
It's street food with a mexican twist. Wholly Frijoles is getting ready to showcase their authentic Mexican cuisine at the "Food Truck Friday: Radio Roundup" at the Akron Radio Center this Friday.
Owner and operator Juan Gonzalez launched Wholly Frijoles last year with his wife.
"Eventually, we want to have a restaurant, so a food truck is the way to start," said Gonzalez. "So, here we are filling one taco at a time."
Gonzalez was born in Mexico and was raised in Los Angelas, California where he worked with several local food trucks. He then moved to Ohio to work as a kitchen manger.
What's one of his favorite items off the menu? Vanilla Flan. Wholly Frijoles also a several different taco options including carnitas, seasoned calabacitas and chicken nachos.
Sushi on the Roll, Stone Pelican, Zydeco Bistro, and Orange Truk are also lined up to bring their food to the Akron Radio Center on West Market Street on Friday, August 9 starting at 11:00 a.m. until supplies run out.
About the food trucks - all can also be found on Facebook:
The Orange Truk - The Orange Trük is N.E.Ohio's newest chef run gourmet food truck. The Orange Trük is run by two classically trained chefs and specializes in fresh farm to table cuisine. They bring the practice of creating high quality artisan food to the streets of Akron, as is shown in their gastropub menu including Arancini, an Italian rice ball! His are filled with cheesy risotto, provolone & pork tenderloin. Or try the fish tacos with blackened tuna, tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, queso fresco cheese & his always amazing avocado creme fraiche! Cooking is their passion and their life. www.RoamingHunger.com (website under construction)
The Stone Pelican - Stone Pelican Rolling Cafe is bringing lunch classics to the streets of Akron Ohio. Serving up gourmet Sandwiches, Paninis, Wraps and more, some of their signature items include the Portobello Mushroom wrap, Fresh Fish tacos, and warm hand crafted Apple Cider. New delights are always being developed for the menu, so stay tuned for specials such as pulled pork, shrimp, chicken tenders, and breakfast burritos. www.RoamingHunger.com and www.stonepelicanroamingcafe.com
Sushi on the Roll - Established in 2007, Sushi on the Roll evolved from a vision to bring sushi to the masses. Specifically, to bring a fresh sushi product to corporate America cafeterias as another healthy option for lunch. We immediately began setting up new infrastructure to facilitate the processing of sushi at our state-of-the-art kitchen to produce a high volume of sushi. We also secured a high profile retail outlet right in the heart of a large corporate parkway in Akron, Ohio. Our quality product is recognized as the pinnacle of excellence for taste, freshness, consistency and value for money. This has assured continuing company growth as the popularity of the sushi product has and continues to escalate beyond all expectations. www.sushiontherollonline.com
Chef Johnny Schulze is adding a little Cajun seasoning to "Food Truck Friday" at the Akron Radio Center.
He's the owner of Zydeco Bistro, which specializes in Creole and Cajun inspired cuisine. Chef Johnny says he enjoys the small business aspect of his job.
"We actually help the community that we work in by supporting one another, said Schulze. "The small business aspect of that is what drives me. I love working with individuals with the same passion I have with the food industry."
Schulze says he keeps his cuisine fresh by buying local produce in the area. He points out that one of the keys to success is to offer a unique product.
"You just do something very unique and creative and you drive that force."
Mobile Sushi Bar, Stone Pelican, Wholly Frijoles, and Orange Truk are also lined up to bring their food to the Akron Radio Center on Friday, August 9 starting at 11:00 a.m. until supplies run out.
The city of Akron is joining more than 15,000 communities across the country for this year's 30th annual National Night Out (NNO) on Tuesday.
Billy Soule, assistant to the mayor of Akron for community relations, says the event is focused on anti-crime efforts and drug prevention in the city and surrounding communities. This year's local theme is "See Something...Say Something."
"With shootings happening in many, many communities, there are witnesses and many of these witnesses don't come forward," said Soule. "And we're asking them 'if you see something, say something."
The city will feature 16 locations where activities will take place for National Night Out. Akron has the most coordinated NNO events than any other city in Ohio.
He says communication is key when fighting against crime within a city.
"When something goes on in a family, family members close ranks and they come together to solve whatever problems that are going on," said Soule. "We would like to see that in our community."
Events begin as early as 4:30 p.m. and run as late as 9:00 p.m. Most sites will feature music, games and free food, and all sites will provide information on safety, health and other issues of concern. Block Watch sign-up and information will be available at all locations.
Below is a list of the 16 locations in Akron.
A private investigator has offered to help an Akron family with the search for missing 19-year-old Taylor Robinson.
Tim Dimoff, president of SACS Security, is working on the case with his investigation team. They have contacted the Akron Police Department and reviewed the scene where Taylor was last seen on the night of May 3.
Taylor was dropped off at a house on Kipling Street in Akron where she went to work as a home health care aide.
Dimoff believes whoever is involved in Taylor's disappearance, knew her very well.
"The bottom line on the profile is this; whoever came to the door, she knew, she knew him well and she's known him for a long time," said Dimoff.
Akron police said the Taylor's shoes and a coat was left behind inside the home, which could be a sign that that she may have felt comfortable to open the door and go outside with an individual.
"Maybe she wasn't planning on getting in the car. Maybe the person says let's just sit in the car and talk and then something happened inside that car," said Dimoff. "We believe she never got out of that car and we believe it was physical."
Dimoff said his team is looking at a couple of prime suspects in the case.
"We know that the couple of people we're looking at, strongly, absolutely fit our profile and actually exemplify a strong relationship with problems in that relationship."
Dimoff is only charging the family $1 to help with the investigation.