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University of Akron presidential search entering its final stage

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While Jim Tressel was busy with his Youngstown State University interview, the presidential search committee at the University of Akron was entering its final stage.

University of Akron trustees met behind closed doors Monday evening as they take another step toward determining their presidential pick.

Jim Tressel is among the three finalists for the job.

Throughout the afternoon representatives from campus constituency groups stopped by the meeting to formally recommend the candidate they see as the best fit to take over for current president Lois Proenza.

Though the man known by many as coach has dominated headlines, Tressel did not get a nod from the University of Akron student body. That vote went to candidate and current provost at the University of Toledo, Scott Scarborough.

"Someone with the PhD or higher education would gain more respect from fellow PhDs. Also, we haven't necessarily branded ourselves yet. We might want to be a larger research institution and a PhD president might be beneficial," said Lee Potts, student body representative at the University of Akron.

21 News spoke with members of two other campus groups, they wouldn't reveal their choice but did say that they're excited and change is coming to the University of Akron.

Once all campus groups share their choices, the board takes their choices into consideration and then can decide to start negotiations with the candidate they select.

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