Each finalist also will appear at an open public forum on campus

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AKRON -- Jim Tressel is ready for a promotion, but he has competition. Three finalists were named Tuesday to become the next president of The University of Akron.

The former head coach of the The Ohio State University has a lot of wins on the field, but he lacks the distinction of a "doctor" before his name, and some students say that's a problem.

"I don't think it makes sense to have someone with two years of academic experience as the president of this university," says U of A student Daniel Ulinski. "I think it would make more sense to have one of the two other candidates -- both provosts at other schools -- as our next leader."

"Most university presidents have a Ph.D. and a lot more experience," said U of A student Rayshawn Walton.

Not everyone agrees.

"Regardless of Ph.D., he'll have a good team around him and bring good publicity for the school. This place will be all over ESPN!" said student Dan Rasper.

The three finalists are:

Ronald A. Nykiel, Ph.D. (Visiting UA, April 28)

Nykiel currently is provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Md. Appointed to that position in February 2013, he is responsible for all schools, programs, faculty and staff in the academic division; academic accreditations; international programs; institutional research; instructional technology; the honors program; registrar's office; policy and strategy development and implementation; organizational and strategic planning; academic budget oversight; and brand management and marketing.

Scott L. Scarborough, Ph.D. | (Visiting UA, April 30)

Scarborough currently is provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at The University of Toledo. Appointed to that position in 2012, he serves as the chief academic and operating officer in charge of the colleges of engineering; business; communication and the arts; language, literature and social sciences; natural sciences and mathematics; education; social justice and human service; law; graduate; honors; adult professionals; YouCollege; UTXnet World Campus; as well as the university's libraries; enrollment and management; registrar's office; university teaching center; and the division of student affairs.

James P. Tressel, M.A. | (Visiting UA, May 1)

Tressel is executive vice president for student success at The University of Akron. Appointed as vice president of strategic engagement in 2012, he is responsible for academic advising; academic encouragers; Office of Accessibility; Adult Focus program; Akron Experience; Career Center; Choose Ohio First scholarship programs; Counseling Center; financial aid; learning communities; Military Services Center; Multicultural Academic Services/Office of Multicultural Development; new student orientation; Student Success Center; Transfer and Adult Student Enrollment Center; tutoring and workforce development; and continuing education.

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