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University of Akron Restoring Pandemic-Reduced Wages

University of Akron

The University of Akron is restoring employee wages that were cut due to financial trouble caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The salaries of administrators and staff earning more than 50-thousand dollars a year have been reduced since last July.

The Board of Trustees today (Wednesday) approved restoring them to previous levels effective January 1 of this year.

University president Gary Miller says federal financial assistance and a revised budget forecast are allowing the move.

“I want to thank everyone for their shared sacrifice. We all appreciate the commitment to our university community and all the efforts that you’ve made to make this adjustment and adapt to these very trying times.”

Trustees did not take action on a tentative contract reached with the faculty union. A spokeswoman says that vote will wait until the union completes its ratification process. She indicates a special meeting will likely be called to vote on the deal.

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A Northeast Ohio native, Sarah Taylor graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she worked at her first NPR station, WMUB. She began her professional career at WCKY-AM in Cincinnati and spent two decades in television news, the bulk of them at WKBN in Youngstown (as Sarah Eisler). For the past three years, Sarah has taught a variety of courses in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State, where she is also pursuing a Master’s degree. Sarah and her husband Scott, have two children. They live in Tallmadge.