About the Dean

Robert J. (R.J.) Nemer was appointed as the dean of The University of Akron (UA) College of Business, effective Jan. 31, 2022.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of Akron in 1990, Nemer graduated from UA's School of Law in 1995. He worked as an estate tax attorney before founding a professional sports agency in 1998, which he grew into one of the largest independently owned golf management and marketing agencies in the world. Nemer sold the firm to William Morris Endeavor/IMG in 2015 and assumed global leadership of the company's IMG Golf brand.

He most recently served as chief marketing officer for MAI Capital Management in Cleveland, where he was responsible for establishing and building a comprehensive marketing platform, while overseeing and scaling new business development, communications and public relations.

Nemer is a long-time active member of the community, having served on the boards of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. Currently, he serves on the executive board of the Northern Ohio Section of the PGA of America, and is a newly appointed board member for the First Tee of Akron and the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the 50 Club of Cleveland and routinely co-chairs and participates in numerous charitable and philanthropic endeavors locally and nationally.

Nemer is overseeing a college that offers undergraduate degree programs in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, sales and international business. The College, and its undergraduate and graduate programs have been ranked nationally by Poets & Quants, BusinessWeek, the Princeton Review, U.S. News World Report, the Public Accounting Report, and others. In addition, the College and separately, the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy, have received the highest level of accreditation by the selective Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, a distinction held by less than 2 percent of all business schools.