Congratulations Dr. Sykes!

Dr. Vernon Sykes, Director of the Columbus Program Honored at UofA Alumni and Friends Gala
​Thursday, May 14, 2015
~From the University of Akron Alumni Facebook page
Our six outstanding honorees from the annual University of Akron Alumni & Friends Gala!
Congratulations to (from left to right):
Alberto Ibarguen, President of the Knight Foundation
Mary Taylor '90 '98, Lieutenant Governor State of Ohio
Dick Pogue ’04, Outgoing Chair, UA Board of Trustees
Laura Thompson ’87 ’92, Exec VP & CFO of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Tim Stover, Press & CEO of Akron General Health System
Vernon Sykes ’01, Faculty Director of KSU Columbus Program

Distinguished Alumni and Friends of The University of Akron

set to be honored at 2015 Alumni Day


Akron, OH – Accomplished leaders in government, business and healthcare are among the distinguished alumni and friends of The University of Akron who will be spotlighted at this year’s Alumni Day ceremonies on May 14, 2015, in the university’s Student Union Ballroom.

Vernon Sykes (’01), faculty director of the Columbus Program at Kent State University; Mary Taylor (’90 & ’98), lieutenant governor of the State of Ohio; and Laura K. Thompson (’87 & ’92), executive vice president and CFO of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, will receive the Alumni Honor Award. Alberto Ibargüen, president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; and Thomas L. “Tim” Stover, president and CEO of Akron General Health System, will receive the Honorary Alumni Award. Richard W. “Dick” Pogue (’04), chair of the Board of Trustees of The University of Akron, will be honored as the outgoing member of the Board.

Alumni Day includes a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and ceremonies at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. Tickets and additional information can be obtained by calling 330.972.7271. The Student Union Ballroom is located on The University of Akron campus at 303 Carroll Street. 


A very special congratulations goes out to our very own, Dr. Vernon Sykes, Assistant Professor and Director of the Columbus Program in Intergovernmental Issues (CPII). Dr. Sykes remains actively involved in state and local matters and has served the Political Science Department for more than 12 years. 

POSTED: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 12:58pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 14, 2016 - 2:05pm