Dr. Matthew P. Akers, Ph.D., holds a dual role at The University of Akron, serving as Public Liaison in the Office of the President and Associate Director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences.
In his role of Public Liaison, Dr. Akers represents the University in interactions with government officials, community leaders, and University stakeholders as well as with area chambers of commerce and other economic development entities. In his role of Associate Director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, Dr. Akers contributes to the management of day-to-day activities of the Institute, including programs, projects, events, and student internships. He also contributes to academic components of the Institute, including teaching courses.
Dr. Akers earned his B.A. in English from The University of Akron and his Ph.D. from Drew University in Madison, N.J.
He resides in Doylestown, Ohio, with his wife and four children.