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YSU presidents will have new home on campus

Published: Wed, February 3, 2010 @ 3:45 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The next president of Youngstown State University will call the Wick-Pollock Inn, 603 Wick Ave., home.

The YSU Board of Trustees voted today to restore the original 16-room mansion as a single-family residence at a cost of about $4.4 million.

A 60-room hotel wing added to the structure in 1980 will be demolished and the official presidential residence will be located on the second floor of the house, which the trustees have renamed the Porter and Mary Pollock House. The house was built in 1893 by Paul Wick and his daughter, Mary, and her husband, Porter Pollock, lived in it until their deaths.

The building has been vacant since 1998 and the trustees had recently adopted a plan to convert it into a conference center with up to 11 guest rooms.

Scott Schulick, chairman of the board of trustees, said the decision to make it the president’s residence came as the trustees began looking at candidates to succeed David C. Sweet who retires as president June 30 of this year. The question about housing for the new president was raised, and the board decided YSU should have its own presidential residence, he said. Sweet has lived in his own residence, receiving an annual housing allowance from the university.

Read more on this story in Thursday’s Vindicator.


11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Nice. $4.4 MILLION $$$$. These trustees are in la-la land. It will be a palace that will need 24/7 security to keep thugs out.

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2Tigerlily(506 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

The guest room and conference center was a far better idea.

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3ComeOnMan(17 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Cut out the allowance and make the new president buy his own house like everyone else.

There has to be someone in this area qualified for the job that wouldn't even need the allowance.

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4Woody(469 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I always thought they should restore it as a hotel. YSU has a hospitality major, students could run it as part of their education. Give them somewhat of an internship.

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5ts1227(137 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Sure, there are people that don't need the allowance, but they aren't going to take the job without it because every other relevant college in the US gives the president an allowance or a house.

Why would you work somewhere without it when everywhere else you apply will give it to you?

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6sue(176 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

The article said the president's residence would be on the 2nd floor. What will be on the first floor?

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7walter_sobchak(2246 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

What a collosal waste of money. $4.4 million? Why not build a brand new residence for the president on a different site for, say, $400,000. You know, a bungalow of sorts could be built for that. Or, maybe refurbish the residence area for maybe $100,000, build separation walls to the guest rooms, and convert the guest rooms to dorm rooms for graduate students to be included in their stipend. In addition, I know a building on (or just off) Rayen Ave. (Clingan-Waddell?) was converted to a residence for former President Cocharan and his wife about 15 years ago. I believe it was called Penguin Place and was subsequently sold when Sweet became President.

So the trustees give ACE mebers bonuses for increases in enrollments that they had nothing to do with, except that they wrote it into their contracts. Where do I get a contract like this? Businesses are laying off staff, cutting back on benefits like health care, and contracting but these trustees throw money around like an NBA player in a strip club! Pass it on to the students!

Me? I'm going to sit here and finish my coffee. Yessir, enjoying my coffee.

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8Attis(1009 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

The YSU trustees just gave the taxpaying public 4.4 million reasons to abolish the YSU Presidency and the YSU Board of Trustees. After all, this is America, and we don't have kings and aristocrats, right?

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9mrblue(1136 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Here comes another increase in student fees and tuition. Watch the newspapers. I don't care what the trustees say, tuition will rise.

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10Maggie_Pentz(86 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I am so completely disappointed. YSU had the opportunity to renovate this beautiful, historic property and run it using it's own Hospitality Management program AND they blew it. We need a small hotel or inn of this nature close to the university and downtown for the acts that come into play Powers and Stambaugh and also to host conferences for YSU.

The Nittany Lion Inn in State College makes me so jealous and I just kept thinking that we'd get our Wick-Pollock Inn back someday. Such a great opportunity for the H.M. program wasted.

And like we don't have enough beautiful housing for a President? Come on, there's a great house on Fifth Ave that's in immaculate condition for $150,000. That's one hell of a bargain compared to 4.4 million. Good grief, this is a TERRIBLE decision.

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11HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Every entity that spends tax dollars in America is simply out of control. It's like they are playing monopoly and the money just materializes or they can just raise tuition as if there are no consequences to their actions. Another 4.4 million down the drain. Maybe they can give another bonus to the unions for the improved 900 increase in enrollment! Are public employees and the boards that run public entities that blind to reality? They treat our money as if it comes from a bottomless pit.

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