By Cleveland 19 Digital Team| August 18, 2014 at 2:59 PM EST - Updated July 21 at 12:26 AM
AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The University of Akron is offering a new class called, "Practical Governing: The Buck Stops Here," covering the major issues facing local governments.
The course will be team taught by Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic and Summit County Executive Russ Pry, who bring many decades of practical experience to the classroom.
The course is in keeping with the "applied politics" mission of the University's Bliss Institute, bringing seasoned practitioners of government and politics of all political persuasions into the classroom. The focus will be on how policies are developed, implemented, and managed.
"There is no better teacher than experience," noted Mayor Plusquellic. "After working in City hall for over 40 years, as a councilperson and then as Mayor, I think I can give good insight into the way government is run - through real situations that I've lived through. Russ and I can talk about things that have happened to us throughout our tenure as politicians; true teaching moments that you cannot possibly read about in textbooks."
"Having worked for Congressman John Seiberling, served as a village councilperson, an officer for a local political party, and the County Executive for the last seven years, I look forward to sharing my experiences and lessons with a new generation of students," said Summit County Executive Russ Pry. "Over the years, Don and I have had the opportunity to jointly address various groups about politics and governing. The students in this class will learn from a spirited discussion and debate."
"This course is a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn how local government really works," said Bliss Institute Director John Green, "there is no substitute for real world experience."
Plusquellic and Pry will teach the course without compensation. In lieu of payment, The University of Akron will make a donation in an amount equal to Plusquellic/Pry's earnings to the Plusquellic Foundation, a fund that has provided tuition scholarships to numerous Akron residents to attend the University of Akron.
The 3 credit hour course will be taught on Wednesday nights and is open to advanced undergraduates and graduate students in Political Science and Public Administration, and to other students with permission.
The class is limited to 25 students. (For more information about enrolling, contact the Bliss Institute at 330-972-5182).