University of Akron puts the brakes on data science center

Mario GarziaUniversity of Akron  AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron, facing financial difficulties, has put the brakes on a highly promoted data science center. Mario Garzia, executive director of the Center for Data Science, Analytics and Information Technology, is resigning effective Dec. 9. Garzia, a UA alum and former Microsoft executive, was hired by former president Scott Scarborough in 2015 to lead one of two new centers. Garzia earns $295,000 a year. Garzia submitted a 120-day notice of resignation to interim president Matthew Wilson on Aug. 11. “I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to develop the Center for Data Science, Analytics and Information Technology at The University of Akron, but I recognize that the University is under some constraints that might impact the opportunities for the Center going forward,”…


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