Thursday, August 09, 2012

Dr. Scott Scarborough recommended as UT provost

A letter from Dr. Lloyd Jacobs recommending Dr. Scott Scarborough as UT provost and executive vice president for academic affairs:

A truism across higher education is that one of the most important positions in a university is that of the chief academic officer. Today, it is my distinct pleasure to announce that I will recommend that Dr. Scott Scarborough be appointed by our Board of Trustees to serve in the critical position of provost and executive vice president for academic affairs for The University of Toledo.

Scott has served most recently as the senior vice president and executive director of our University of Toledo Medical Center, yet he has spent a significant majority of his career in higher education as a teacher and administrator. He has developed a rich spectrum of experiences and demonstrated a track record of student centeredness.

As senior vice president of finance and strategy at UT, Scott gained an intimate understanding of our operations, academic programs and culture. I believe he will not only bring this knowledge to bear, but also his passion, dedication, expertise and versatility; leadership traits which he has demonstrated most effectively during his short, yet highly successful, time leading UTMC. Layer upon this his successful experience at DePaul University, the University of Texas at Tyler, and with the University of Texas System, and you find a tremendous candidate with much to offer as provost.

Over the course of our search, Scott met with many constituent groups, whose feedback proved critical to his selection. He received consistent accolades for his commitment to putting students first and focusing on providing a UT experience inside and outside the classroom. It is this philosophy that I believe will be a hallmark of tenure as our chief academic officer.

In the coming days we will work to negotiate the details of the appointment with Dr. Scarborough, which will then be presented to our board for its consideration. It is my hope to have him formally in place by the end of the month, pending board approval.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Scott Scarborough on his selection for the critical role of provost.

Lloyd A. Jacobs, M.D.

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