Matthew P. Akers, PhD, serves as a Public Liaison and Assistant Director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. He serves as a key contact and communicates regularly with local, state, and federal officials regarding the University’s mission, achievements, and activities and works with University leadership to develop and advance UA’s legislative agenda. Akers also works to strengthen and expand the Bliss program, including its regional and national brand and geographical presence. In addition, he teaches courses in political science or other disciplines within the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. Akers previously served a Executive Director of the James B. Renacci Forum and Center for Civic Engagement at Walsh University.

Akers career with The University of Akron has been noteworthy, previously serving as Director of Government Relations to the University. Prior to joining the University, Akers spent nearly seven years as an English and Latin Teacher at the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in Cuyahoga Falls Ohio. Akers earned his BA in English from the University of Akron and went on to receive his  Masters’s Degree in Theology/Theological Studies from Cranmer Theological House. Akers ultimately earned his PhD in English Literature from Drew University on 2008.