OK, class. Whose dumb idea was it for the University of Akron, a public enterprise, to withhold information from the media (read: public info) about the rebranding studies by four consultants paid from an unrestricted foundation grant bearing the name of the late John S. Knight?
For the enlightenment of the campus newcomers on the block, no one was more aggressive about press freedom than Knight, but the $111,000 from the grant did just the opposite. How ironic. How dumb. (And we didn’t even mention those four presidents of northern Ohio public universities who strongly criticized new UA president Scott Scarborough for references to Ohio State University and Miami University of Ohio as the the standards to achieve his lone wolf “repositioning” plan!)
Let the symposium begin.