President names recommendation for provost

August 9, 2012 | News, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham

UT President Lloyd Jacobs announced Thursday his recommendation for provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.


Dr. Scott Scarborough, who most recently served as the senior vice president and executive director of UT Medical Center, will be recommended to the UT Board of Trustees for appointment as the chief academic officer.

“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,” Jacobs said in an letter to the University community.

The president also extended his appreciation to the University community for participation in the provost search process.

“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,” Jacobs said. “It is this philosophy that I believe will be a hallmark of tenure as our chief academic officer.”

Scarborough has been with UT since 2007 when he accepted the position of senior vice president for finance and administration. He has been overseeing UT Medical Center since May 2010. Scarborough joined UT from DePaul University and prior to that, he worked for the University of Texas System for 10 years.

“The University of Toledo faculty represent the core of this institution’s teaching and research mission, and I am excited by the opportunity to learn and to provide leadership that will enable them to be successful,” Scarborough said. “If approved by the Board of Trustees, the relationships and friendships I have established during my time at the University will be invaluable in this new position. I would like to thank Dr. Jacobs for his confidence in me and the team of thousands that comprise the academic mission of the University.”

Scarborough received his PhD in strategic management from the University of Texas at Arlington, and holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Tyler and an accounting degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

The Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees will consider the president’s recommendation Tuesday, Aug. 28. If approved, the appointment would go before the full board during its next regularly scheduled meeting Monday, Sept. 17.

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