the university of toledo is about to implode

The University of Toledo can be compared to the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions—never able to obtain the leadership to make it an elite organization.

The current bunch of UT administrators, Lloyd Jacobs, Jeffrey Gold, and Scott Scarborough (who have combined wages of over $1.3 million) are the most incompetent, arrogant, and belligerent group to ever “lead” UT (which is saying something when one considers previous president Vik Kapoor).

Along with the obvious personal shortcomings—Jacobs can’t even bring himself to live in the same state as the University, Gold travels to his home in NYC on weekends, and Scarborough was fired from DePaul University after having an affair—the three of them have brought UT to the largest deficit in its history and a declining enrollment.

The faculty union is discussing holding an informational picket and a vote of no confidence, as a result of the negative impact that the administration is having on the institution and its students. Although UT has touted not raising tuition for next year, the thing that most current and potential students don’t realize is that the administration will be offering fewer class sections and requiring faculty to increase the number of courses they teach per semester. That means more students per class and a higher student to faculty ratio.

All of this seems acceptable to this trio of administrators who have steadily increased the number of UT bureaucrats and have readily accepted 6-figure bonuses paid for by taxpayers. These are men who have no regard for the future of UT, but only focus on lining their own pockets and inflating their resumes.

Just like the Browns and Lions, the people at the top are ultimately to blame for the disastrous circumstances of these organizations. At UT, that would be the Board of Trustees. I’ve listened to recordings of UT Board meetings and have been amazed at the complacency of its members. Jacobs feeds them malarkey and they buy it hook, line, and sinker. No one questions the validity of the information. For example, much was made at a 2012 meeting of how UT had streamlined its core curriculum offerings. In talking to a friend who advises UT students, not one thing was actually changed in the core course line-up. Apparently, this was due to the administration's inability to get its act together and comply with Ohio's higher education requirements.

Why don’t the Board members question Jacobs? Probably because it might diminish their opportunities for obtaining post-membership UT jobs that pay $1,200 a day—like Rick Stansley. Jacobs continues to stand by his statement of support for Stansley’s business acumen even though he owes more than a $1 million in back taxes for failed business ventures.

In a Toledo Blade article this week, Stansley defends his tax troubles by saying, “There were projects that were sales-tax exempt;” and he is confident his tax lien issues will be resolved. Let’s do the math. The Ohio Attorney General’s office says Stansley owes $1.1 million in unpaid sales tax. The State sales tax rate is 5.5%. So, Stansley is claiming his failed company had $20 million in sales from tax-exempt projects? Wow, either he’s lying or he really is a poor businessman.

Maybe it’s time to totally clean house at UT.

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Kapoor was brought in to break the faculty union's control. It didn't happen. Jacobs was supposed to bridge the gap since the Board tried and couldn't break the faculty. Ironically, the faculty is still as displeased.

I have been far detached from UT but when I was a student there I found the faculty's ideas to be uninventive and self serving. I sincerely doubt much has changed.

It's sad because I loved UT and found many of the non-faculty workers to be as loyal and hard working to the University and genuinely cared for the students and the community. I walked away from a job there and a part of me still regrets it because of the people.

I will say, I thought the city of Toledo went out of it's way to alienate the students of UT. I saw this at virtually every turn. The city squanders it's opportunity to use the students to replenish the city with new ideas, new talent, and new money.

MikeyA

I enjoyed my education at UT, and am proud to say I am a graduate. But, when I was there, the city never embraced (and still doesn't) the university. Having relocated to Columbus, it is amazing to watch the opposite. This town loves the University and embraces it completely. I'd love to see Toledo do so...

Define "embrace". Remember, Toledo isn't a destination for the college educated. We have very few jobs. Toledo is full of the laboring classes, and they become ever poorer with time. There's really no potential embracing to be had.

How true it is about Toledo. The city and media glorify union workers at auto plants and throw UT to the curb as often as they can. The university takes a place in the second row to U of M, too, in this city.

toledojim

I disagree GZ.

Many of my friends enjoyed Toledo so much they did want to stay, and looked for jobs that would keep them in Toledo long term.

Fast forward to when they were getting their degrees they wanted out of the city, not because they didn't like their new home, they just found the people went out of their way to treat UT students badly. Essentially they felt that the people of the town and the city leaders wanted the UT students to stay on campus and never venture off.

MikeyA

The city, in my opinion, doesn't want to be a destination city. It doesn't want to bring in higher tech industries or non-blue collar jobs that would keep the graduates here.

Anytime the accountants start running a business or institution, there is grief on the horizon.

degree. There is nothing wrong with working hard at a job which does not require a college degree. But there is also nothing wrong with working hard at a job which does require a college degree. The difference is, for the average college graduate, the remuneration will be greater. There are always exceptions, but the mean incomes of Americans is generally higher, proportionately to the highest level of education one has achieved. The research has changed little over the past 50 years.

The University of Toledo is not so respected as it could be both for reasons the university can control and for reasons it cannot control. While UT could have a much more efficient and effective administration, UT cannot help the fact that it is located in a city which is proud of its "blue collar" image. UT has done a terrible job selling the importance of a college education, and relating to the young people right here that should be UT's prime recruits. Compare Gordon Gee to Lloyd Jacobs. I don't know either man at all. But if I were at a reception at which both were present, I know that I would be more comfortable meeting Gordon Gee than I would Lloyd Jacobs. Gordon Gee just seems more real, down to earth, and approachable. Perhaps this is an unfair comparison. Gordon Gee may be the best university president in the nation today. But, Dr. Jacobs could learn from his example.

Not everyone is meant to go to college. Some people simply do not have the right mind set to be successful in college. Some have talents that don't translate well to a world of academia. But Toledo is so far behind most other cities in its commitment to its home town university that it is a major factor in keeping Toledo chained to the ups and downs of manufacturing in America. Toledo will either diversify or continue to flounder. It is up to the University of Toledo to prove its value to the community. That's hard to picture under the current leadership at UT. After all, what has Dr. Jacobs been doing to better UT since he took over in 2006? What has his administration done to better relate to the Greater Toledo community?

that would seem to indicate that you think anyone involved in "academia" at any level is just "smarter" or more clever than anyone who has held blue collar jobs. Some day you should do a little research on the study involved for "workers" on the Great Lakes freighters. Which would be considered "blue collar". I can almost guarantee you that any man who studied for and got anywhere from his third mate's to Captain's license (called Masters, btw) studied longer and harder and knows more, in general, than anyone who completed the usual bachelor's degree.

With the exception of doctors & rocket scients, I haven't been overly impressed by the knowledge base of the average 4-year college graduate.

Remember, btw, when the Blade sponsored the "Party for the Pros" and almost nobody atteded (certainly no politicians) because it was just a planned snob-fest????

From Dale's post. I happen to agree with him that the general populous of Toledo does not value a college degree because of the overall mentality of the town. Don't get the vibe he is saying anyone in academia is smarter than anyone else. Seems to me you my have a problem with college grads.

I learned more about dealing with problem students during my after school discussions with the night custodian, named Thomas Ashley btw, than I ever did from any of my college instructors. A person's intelligence has little relationship to the job that person may hold. Tom Ashley knew more about human nature than almost anyone I have ever met. Thanks, Tom.

Well, Jacko has promoted different sexualities, which should prove how important UT is to the community. Maybe the 49ers' will relocate here.

They're building a new stadium in Santa Clara for next season. Toledo will have to find another team that's willing to relocate to our fine (ha, ha) city.

toledojim

I did state that there are exceptions, but a college education most often means a better rate of pay, regardless of intelligence. You are correct that some technical jobs require the equivalent of a graduate degree. Most of those highly trained people are very well compensated.
People may choose many different career paths. Most of the jobs of the future require a college degree, OR THE EQUIVALENT. Citizens of the Greater Toledo area should simply do more to respect what the university has to offer.

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