University of Akron honors college dean resigns; 6th administrator hired by former President Scott Scarborough to leave


AKRON, Ohio – Lakeesha Ransom, vice provost and dean of the Drs. Gary B. and Pamela S. Williams Honors College at the University of Akron, has submitted her resignation.

Ransom, who will leave Dec. 31, has not indicated her future plans.

“As I begin a new chapter in my own career, I thank my colleagues and my students for inspiring me with their own aspirations,” she said in her resignation letter. “I look back with gratitude and look forward to even greater accomplishments.”

Ransom was paid $226,000 a year when she was hired two years ago. Vice Provost Sarah Cravens will assist in the leadership transition at the Honors College and oversee the college during the upcoming academic year, the university said.

“We appreciate the leadership and enthusiasm that Dr. Ransom brought to the University, and especially to our Williams Honors College students,” President Matthew Wilson said in a statement. “Her global perspectives and interest and her focus on sparking entrepreneurial initiatives helped enrich the student experience, better preparing them for graduation and the world that awaits them. We wish her well as she moves forward.”

Ransom was one of three former University of Toledo administrators hired by former President Scott Scarborough in 2015. Scarborough was provost at UT when he was named president of UA in May 2014.

Since Scarborough resigned in May 2016, six of the seven top administrators he hired have either left or been let go. 

Only Athletic Director Larry Williams remains.

Those who have left are: 

Jeff Hoffman: Hoffman, founding director of the Experiential Learning Center for Entrepreneurship and Civic Engagement, left last fall. The Chicago entrepreneur who served on the founding team of Priceline.com was paid $190,000 a year.

Todd Rickel: In July 2016 the university terminated without cause the contract of Rickel, vice provost and dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology. Rickel was placed on paid leave for four months and relieved of all duties, the university said. He was paid $295,000 a year.

Lawrence Burns: Burns, former vice president of advancement, reached an agreement in July 2016 with trustees to leave. He was paid $285,000 a year. He was hired from UT.

Mario Garzia: Garzia, executive director of the Center for Data Science, Analytics and Information Technology, announced in August 2016 that he would resign effective Dec. 9.

Godfrey Ovwigho: The chief information officer, hired from UT, retired in June.



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