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Next YSU president should be given just two housing choices



Published: Mon, March 18, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Next YSU president should be given just two housing choices

I know that the powers that be at YSU are actively searching for a new president. I think before that even happens, they should make one change in the next President’s contract. As a YSU alumna I am compelled to share a money saving tip before they even start looking.

There was one building that was built where the Clingan-Wadell Hall used to be on Rayen Ave. It became Penguin Place to house President Cochran. That was supposed to be the president’s residence for him and future presidents. He resigned and that building stood idle until it was turned into offices for about four people.

This past spring and summer the landscaping was not taken care of at all. No trimming or weeding or pruning. Nothing. (In the winter an outside contractor is clearing the driveway). This building appears to be going in the way of its ugly stepsister, Clingan-Wadell (which is now located on Fifth Avenue housing the YSU police).

Now the Wick-Pollack House that was renovated specifically to be the president’s residence sits empty (while YSU pays for its utilities and upkeep). Beautiful but idle.

So, my recommendation is a simple one: the new contract should state that YSU provides housing on campus to the president, Wick-Pollack House or Penguin Place. Take your choice. He/she doesn’t want to live there, fine. Then they provide their own housing. Non-negotiable. Period.

I think when YSU builds/renovates buildings for the president’s residence then the president should live there. This is not rocket science folks. If the YSU board follows through with this housing tip, maybe the new president won’t have to announce another tuition increase thus seeing enrollment drop!

Kate McAllen, Youngstown


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1ytownsteelman(627 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

I believe Penguin Place was sold and is now in private hands.

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2Rooster(78 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

I get your point, but it seems kind of unreasonable to makes folks move household when they're only working just long enough to pad their retirement calculation. Should have saved that whopping recruitment fee though - wonder why nobody ever chased down that fee business on that deal. That was the real money in this whole story.

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3Millerh113(118 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Any future YSU prez should be required to live in the Pollock house as a condition of employment. That's what we restored it forl. It is a bequtifil mansion and anyone should be proud to live in it. And if he or she has children, they can go to Youngstown schools.

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4Rooster(78 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Point is, for all the money wasted on recruitment fees - think it was something over 100 grand, taking this job was only to get a bigger retirement payout. They have this calculation deal that says if you can snag a promotion at the last minute, they'll pay your retirement like you always worked at that level. Moving expense is the only thing saved in that whole scam. Anyway, as for where folks kids go to schools, this is America, and I don't think it's come to the idea that your boss gets to dictate that one.

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5nipsy(133 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Here's an idea. Just let the new president of YSU move into one of the BRAND SPANKING NEW YOUNGSTOWN school buildings that is going to be sitting empty less than a decade after being built...

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