Jim Tressel is one of three finalists for the University of Akron presidency, but the chairman of the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees says that won’t have any bearing on YSU’s presidential search process.
“It should not and it has not,” Dr. Sudershan Garg said after an executive session of the YSU Presidential Search Committee Tuesday.
The committee, made up of the nine trustees and two student trustees, narrowed the 37 applicants for the job to a primary and a back-up list.
The primary list includes six applicants; the back-up list has three or four. The search consultant, AGB Search of Washington, D.C., will contact those on the primary list to ensure they are still interested in the position, Dr. Garg said. If any of them decline, a name from the back-up list will move to the primary list.
The plan is to interview six candidates via Skype Saturday. If a candidate’s schedule doesn’t permit an interview that day, one may be scheduled early next week, he said.
Dr. Garg said the names of the candidates to be interviewed won’t be released until it’s verified they are still interested in the position. He declined to say whether Tressel was on either list.
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