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Is Jim Tressel qualified to be YSU president?



Published: Sun, April 27, 2014 @ 12:01 a.m.

By DENISE DICK | denise_dick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

He’s spent most of his career on the football field, not in the hallowed halls of academia, but Jim Tressel is on the short lists for two university presidencies.

Tressel, former head football coach at both Youngstown State and Ohio State universities, is one of six semifinalists for the YSU presidency and one of three finalists for the University of Akron presidency. He has served at Akron since 2012 as executive vice president for student success.

His supporters for the YSU job, with its roughly $179 million operating budget, tout his leadership style and fundraising prowess — prized skills in these days of dwindling state dollars.

But is that enough to earn him the title of “university president”?

“I wouldn’t say that fundraising trumps everything else,” said Kevin P. Reilly, presidential

adviser for leadership at the American Council on Education. “Is it increasingly important? Absolutely.”

He pointed to a 2012 survey of university presidents that asked how they spent most of their time. They listed fundraising, budgeting, community relations and planning. Those presidents cited their greatest challenges as faculty relations, and working with legislators and governing boards.

“What they took the most satisfaction from was working with students, administrators and faculty,” Reilly said.

Reilly, who served as president of the University of Wisconsin System for nine years, said a change he saw during his tenure was that chancellors — the equivalent of presidents in Wisconsin’s system — were spending more time off campus raising funds and building relationships with government at all levels.

That leaves the provost, the No. 2 person on campus and the person charged with the university’s academics, to manage day-to-day operations in the president’s absence.

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, wrote a letter last February to YSU trustees signed by 31 business and community leaders, endorsing Tressel as president.

“He has the relationships and obvious leadership skills to build both the financial and organizational support for the YSU initiatives that will grow the university and broader economy,” the letter said.

Bruce Zoldan, president and CEO of B.J. Alan Co., is one of those business leaders. He pointed to Tressel’s charisma, leadership skills and ability to motivate.

“I had him as a speaker to my company when I had 10 stores way back when,” Zoldan said.

Tressel spoke to managers about how to be respectful, positive, successful human beings. It’s something those managers still talk about today, he said.

“That’s the type of person we need at YSU,” Zoldan said.

He acknowledged that others believe someone with an academic background is more suited to the position and he doesn’t discount the value of those skills.

“You’re never going to be able to hire one person with every quality and asset that’s needed,” Zoldan said.

He said that when he’s spoken with Tressel, the former coach has talked about YSU’s need to boost enrollment and says that will be one of his goals if he gets the job.

Zoldan maintains Tressel is the right person for the YSU presidency.

“For me, I have no doubt in my mind, if he stays at YSU for three years, or five or six years, he will bring such prestige and honor to the university and help it recover from the quagmire of Dr. [Randy] Dunn,” who resigned last month after only eight months as YSU president to become president of Southern Illinois University.

Tressel “came from here, and he’s been successful everywhere he’s gone,” Zoldan added.

Tressel has declined to speak publicly about his candidacy for either job.

Susan Resneck Pierce, former president of the University of Puget Sound, who is now a columnist, president of SRP Consulting and author of the book “On Being Presidential,” advises colleges and universities on planning and effective board and presidential performance, governance, curriculum, development and other matters.

“I think that a president needs to be more than the chief development officer of their institution,” she said. “For someone to be in my judgment really effective as a president, as part of the president’s role, they have to be able to understand and articulate and advance the institution’s mission. They need to have a firm understanding of the role of the faculty. The faculty is the heart and soul of any institution.”

One of the interesting things about fundraising, she said, is that the person doing it needs to understand the needs of the institution and what donors care about.

“The challenges of being a university president today are daunting,” Pierce said.

They have to raise money. If they’re at a public institution, they’re working with the Legislature, they’re working in general with the public, “but also, in reality, along with the board you’re responsible for the health and integrity of the institution,” she said.

There’s also the complexity of how you allocate resources. You have to inspire very careful strategic planning, and you have to inspire the confidence of the faculty, Pierce said.

Annette Burden, president of the Ohio Education Association-YSU, the union representing YSU faculty, said the university’s unions hope whomever trustees choose as president, he or she is willing to work with the unions in trying to identify and address problems and not view them as adversaries.

“We hope we have the opportunity for open discussion, transparency and the opportunity to give them our help — whether that be Jim Tressel or any other people [who] are on that list,” she said.

Chet Cooper, president of YSU’s faculty senate, said the trend has been for boards to choose either a president with a background in academics or one with executive or administrative background whose expertise is in fundraising.

“It’s not clear to me which kind we’re going to get this time,” he said.

Stephen Weeks, president of the University of Akron faculty union, is blunt about his views regarding the idea of Tressel leading that university.

In his application letter for the Akron job, Tressel highlighted his experience at UA as a strength for the position.

“Maybe we don’t need a smooth transition,” Weeks said. “Maybe we need someone who can come in with a fresh look at things and some reprioritization.”

The University of Akron is dealing with a budget deficit, and an outside person might be better able to address it, he said.

“Of the people I know, no one is really backing him,” Weeks said. “From what I hear, he was a very good coach, but it’s not the same as running a university — which is a $400 million institution. It seems that people who are really into sports think he’s a really good guy.”

Tressel is scheduled to visit UA all day Thursday, meeting with campus and community groups.

YSU is expected to narrow its list to three finalists this week. They will be scheduled to visit campus next month.


Comments

1MD1533(24 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Tressel's got our vote! A

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2Ianacek(899 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

"The faculty is the heart and soul of any institution " .
I don't see faculty members among the Tressell cheerleaders .
Isn't it time the Valley was more independent of the patronage of the Cafaros and De Bartolos ? Let the University select on merit . (The guy from Nasa looks interesting )

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3mrblue(970 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

A football coach running a university. Imagine that.

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4candystriper(575 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Tressell + Fundraising = Reality

Youngstown loves a comeback story!

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5koevolution(39 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Youngstown Ohio has awesome history and heritage !
Good bad or indifferent it has put this steel town on the map .
I can take the De bartol family as well as any Cafaro family contributions to the mahoining valley.
Lets keep it reel . There are no perfect people in this world , only three categories.
1. Those that have been caught.
2. Those that have not
3. Biggots, rapist and murders , line three scums work and run America everyday and is voted in by the free will of so called good people .
Jim Tressel is a born leader !! Not a book worm with a PHD.
Jim Tressel is a Blue collar man , with a white collar pedigree.
And the entire NASA deal .
We have a Campbell memorial graduate from the mahoning valley and Ysu graduate working at NASA who is a ESE !!
If he not in the conversation we don't need NASA !!

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6RustOnMyBelt(113 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Tresel would be just the "spark" YSU needs to move the university forward.

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7Seriouslee(96 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Uh, shouldn't the story mention the ethics and rule violations that got hm fired from football?

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8James_S(268 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Great Artwork

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9lovethiscity(144 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Here's a very fair question the Vindicator should ask, and request documented proof of the answer, for each of the so-called "community leaders" pushing "Tress" for President of YSU:

"How much have you personally contributed in cash contibutions to Youngstown State University in the past 5 years? Please exclude any contribution to YSU athletic organizations."

YSU published its annual report within the last two months that lists every single contribution it received in 2013. It was amazing who WAS NOT on those lists.

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10HonestAbe(270 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

And I'd like to ask all of these "community leaders"...how many of YOUR children attended YSU?

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11Silence_Dogood(1330 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Bravo to the artist. The placement of the local shakers and movers was brilliant. Timmy Ryan looks sea sick and about ready to puke his guts out over the side of the boat. Anthony Cafaro is just sitting there not willing to get his hands dirty like a simple commoner. Sam Covelli is trying to avoid the obstacles in his path as best he can. Denise DeBartolo York and Tom Humphries both look scared and look like they are trying to figure out which way the wind is blowing. Ed Muransky is scratching his head in bewilderment, Diane Sauer is just sitting there in an apparent daze. The only one's that look like they are doing the hard work of actually rowing the boat are Bruce Zoldan and Herb Washington. And then there is Jim Tressel standing there looking twords the future as others carry him to his destiny. To the artist well done you knowingly or unknowingly just explained Youngstown in one picture.

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12HonestAbe(270 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

1. Interesting to note that Zoldan's attorney's wife will be the new chair of the BoT. Conflict of interest?
2. Wish the Vindi writer would have contacted the NCAA as to their thoughts on whether Tressel is even eligible to be the president of a university, as his sanctions state he must have nothing to do with college athletics until 2016. How would that work?

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13Nurse_Midlo(34 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Tressel will be YSU's last president.

The state is going to step in and close the place.

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14koevolution(39 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Hey... Lets do this get confederate cowards from flying there so called got my asked kicked flag by the USA !!!!!
Confederates Americas true terriost.
My point , Jim Tressels sins really.
Compared to what....

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15lovethiscity(144 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

koevolution...could you re-post that in English? Thanks.

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16koevolution(39 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I guess you never heard a back woods coward confederate talk ... I can't understand them either .
I guess you graduate from a confederate city schools , I understand you don't understand English.
Sorry for your loss.

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17gulfcoast(3 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Dear BoT,

I am writing to express my interest in the position of Head Football Coach of YSU. Since receiving my first degree at YSU in the early 1980s, I went on to earn a master’s and PhD from other top-tier universities. I understand how to get money from Washington (i.e., NIH-funded grants). I am an experienced health care clinician, administrator, academic, researcher and scholar.

As far as my fundraising skills, well, I am female and have maintained a nice figure over the years. I can bat my eyelashes as well as any woman. If I have one slight flaw it is that I have never thrown a football in my life. However, I don’t recall that as a requirement for the job, is it? I’m your gal, believe me! Make my old professors in Cushwa Hall proud to bring one of their own back home to roost. I am confident and eminently qualified to head YSU’s football team to a national championship!

Now, are there 2 or 3 quarters in a football game?

Dr. L.

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18prodgodq(149 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

"Wish the Vindi writer would have contacted the NCAA as to their thoughts on whether Tressel is even eligible to be the president of a university, as his sanctions state he must have nothing to do with college athletics until 2016. How would that work?"

Asking the NCAA to pass judgement on ethics is like asking a prostitute whether prostitution should be illegal.
The NCAA is one of the most hypocritical organizations on the planet.
Bad example.

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19papa1(646 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

tressel is a smooooooth talker and that's about his only qualification. he's a bs artist who singlehandedly, for the first time in history, brought shame and embarrassment to a great university. oh yeah, sigh him up, raise tuition and throw millions at him.

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20ysuforever(56 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Kasich has made it plain that he wants to close our beloved school, hiring Tressel will block the plans of the evil one.Kasich is a well known jock snifer and will not tangle with Tressel who is still an icon to the Buckeye Nation.Without Tressel at the helm,I truly worry about the fate of YSU.Kasich would love to sell our school off and put more more into his campaign fund -oops rainy day fund that he wont spend while the state is in a monsoon.Kasich is a big time crook and hopefully the shell game of JobsOhio-oops Robs Ohio is exposed as nothing but a sham to make his Wall St buddies even more wealthy.He wont mess with Tressel and that's why our Valleys movers and shakers are on the Tressel boat.Kasich will really start shaking in his shoes when the legendary name of David Betras is mentioned as the true captain of the Tressel boat

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21valleyred(1097 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

YSUForever, enough of your nonsense. John Kasich is not going to close YSU.

I do not know where on earth you get that wild idea, but it is ridiculous. Nothing he has done should lead anyone to believing that silly, radical, close-minded opinion that you continue to express on here.

I am in full support of Jim Tressel getting the job, but quit making a fool out of yourself with this nonsense that John Kasich wants to close YSU. Governor Kasich is doing a great job for our state and if he wants to allocate state higher educational funding based on graduation rates, then by God YSU better adjust and adapt to the new funding formula. I would much rather have my tax dollars going to schools that graduate more of our future leaders, than schools that get X number of students who start, only to see Y number of students graduate.

Graduation rates at YSU are a problem and is something the next President must address.

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22Attis(872 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

After Tressel is crowned President of YSU he will perhaps pioneer a whole new approach to naming college heads in Ohio who have absolutely no academic qualifications but know their sports (and how to bend the rules). Let's have LeBron James as Prez of the University Akron or KSU. Should be a great fund-raiser too. I hear Bernie Kosar is looking for a job. Prez of Cleveland State University?

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23papa1(646 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

tressel is an icon to Buckeye Nation? Woody? absolutely!. Earle? you bet! john cooper? I don't think so. Jimbo? ah, no. Urb? he will be eventually. part of tressels time at osu will be bringing one of the greatest football players the valley has ever seen, Maurice claret, to Columbus and using him to win a national championship, who without Maurice they wouldn' have won. Maurice came from a hard scrabble, drug infested neighborhood. when one of his best friends died the powers that be told Maurice they would get him home for the funeral after he, Maurice, won the national championship for them. they lied to him and it was all downhill for Maurice from there. he wasn't monitored enough to make sure he wasn't going off the rails. they used him like a piece of meat and didn't give a damn what he did in his off the field time. a promising career was ruined for lack of caring. that's just part of jts' legacy at The Ohio State University.

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24handymandave(452 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Tressel is very qualified to run most football programs but he just doesn't have the qualifications to be president of the university. He's probably not qualified to remove an appendix either thats why he's not a surgeon.

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25danikytn(247 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

He cut and ran from the university for greener pastures once before, what makes anyone think he wont do the same now? He just wants his foot in the door as president, so he can reel in more lucrative offers for such a position elsewhere. It would just be a stepping stone for him, and he would bolt the first better chance he got.

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26georgejeanie(785 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Typical Youngstown thinking. Just another good ole boy who gets in trouble outside the "Valley". Examples, Trafficant, Dan, Clarett. Then back to the valley as fine upstanding citizens. Wow, what a place, glad I got out before it becomes more of a laughing stock than it already is.

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27lemmingsfollowblindly(27 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Years ago YSU’s engineering program was listed among the top schools in the nation. I looked and its no longer in the top 100… When YSU became a big football draw in the red sweater vest years, football then became top priority for funding and so on. As I have heard others say “YSU lost its identity” really in part due to the success of Coach Jim and his program that has now waned and become nothing more than a money pit
Time to focus on education and job training not a pathetic football and basketball program….Hey anyone hear how the track or golf teams are doing?? For a fraction of the cost...

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28kurtw(846 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Glad Koa's commenting again- love his (her) use of English. It's just like a riddle- you read it again and again trying to figure out a meaning- finally, you figure, hell, there isn't any- like a dog urinating on a fire hydrant. As long as he (she) feels relieved...

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29kurtw(846 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Talking about "urinating on a fire hydrant"- if Youngstowner's feel "relieved" bringing in somebody like Jimbo Tressel to run YSU even though he isn't fit for the job- well, they did it before, they sent the first "Jimbo" into Congress and kept him there for many years even though his qualifications were negative- he was a criminal- and what does that tell you- we really haven't changed in all those years. We do it not because it's reasonable, but because we're relieved. Just like a dog urinating on a fire hydrant.

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30kurtw(846 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Lemmings has a good comment- we should follow in the direction he suggests: " Time to focus on education and job training not a pathetic football and basketball program…" If we were smart someone like Dr Abraham- an accomplished technocrat in the Additive Manufacturing field- would be in the top three- not a sorry has been with a shady past like Jimbo Tressel.

By the way, the other day I saw Dr. Garg- YSU BOT head honcho- at one of our local supermarkets. He was in the produce section. I saw him testing lemons for fungus, tomatoes for rot, asparagus for blight- checking for all kinds of vegetable diseases- doing a good job of it for all that I could see (good Proctologist that he is)- and I couldn't help thinking- I hope he and his team mates do as good a job vetting the veggies running for the top YSU job. If it has to be a lemon, I hope it's a healthy one.

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31walter_sobchak(1882 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

lemmings point is absurd! The reason YSU had one of the top engineering schools in the nation was due to the industry that was located in the valley. The steel mills and the industry that supported it hired huge numbers of engineers. YSU had a great metallurgy department that was supported by the many steel companies. Mechanical and chemical engineers designed the rolling mills, production equipment, furnaces, etc. As that industry went away, so did the demand for engineering students and thus the reduction in the school. It had nothing to do with the rise of the football program.

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32WilliamP(69 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Only in Youngstown is it even possible that Tressel is a serious candidate. It's because of decisions like this that Youngstown is in the shape it is. Youngstown gets what Youngstown deserves.

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33ytown37(11 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Dear WilliamP... maybe you should follow the news more. If you did, you'd realize that Tressel is also a serious candidate for the Akron presidency and is in the final three. You can take your whole "Only in Youngstown" comment and shove it.

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34billdog1(1095 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

lovethiscity, if the Tress is so great, why haven't these people hired him to run their business'?

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35Boardman_Jeff(49 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I fully endorse Tressel for YSU President --- and people around here know my endorsement is like a solid gold hammer with diamond encrusted apex.

After Tress becomes supreme leader, he should hire James Traficant as VP, or aka "The Enforcer", to chase all the Tea Party scum out of our beloved Valley. Remember Sheriff Buford Pusser and his big stick? That should give you an idea of how to clean house of all the far-right vermin who infest our town!

Let's do this, people!

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36kurtw(846 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Love that last comment! I don't think Jeff has posted once- at least out of all his posts that I've read- where he hasn't brought in "Tea party Scum" and "far-right vermin" who infest our "beloved valley".

As if the Right had anything to do with ruining this area. All our problems stem directly from years of Single Party Control- by- The Democrat Machine- still in charge. Conservatives had nothing to do with it- if conservatives had been respected and listened to the area wouldn't be in the fix it's in. But, Jeff has his fixations- like Adolf. Heil Jeff! (I wonder if he has his own flag flying in front of his house? Sort of like, you know, a crooked cross- you know the one I mean...)

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37billdog1(1095 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Kurt, we are a republitard state, even though the demitards control are area. Our state one big giant quagmire. It isn't five cities that caused the mess in this state. It always amazes me how so many have the tunnel vision and think the five demitard cities (areas) of the state create all this mess. Look outside the door Kurt, there is more than that first step.

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38L0L(640 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Here's reality that some of you are not understanding. The main function of a University president is FUNDRAISING. Who better at it than Tressel. The board are the ones that run the University not the president. He is merely a figure head that pulls in money. So is Tressel qualified? Absolutely.

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39billdog1(1095 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

LOL, you may want to go to the university website and read the job description.

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40L0L(640 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't care what the job "description" states the main function is fundraising, PR, dealing with staff. The board runs the school. You probably think the U.S. president runs this country too huh? It's ran by the Senate and Congress, aka the "board".

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41HonestAbe(270 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Here are application letters from the 3 candidates interviewing next week to be the next President of YSU. These letters cite applicants' qualifications and experience.

The author of this Vindi article asks the question, "Is Jim Tressel qualified to be YSU president?" You can draw your own conclusions.

http://web.ysu.edu/gen/ysu_generated_...

http://web.ysu.edu/gen/ysu_generated_...

http://web.ysu.edu/gen/ysu_generated_...

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42billdog1(1095 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Then why do the REPUBLITARDS keep saying Obammy is ruining this country. He's just a PR man.

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43L0L(640 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

And when Bush was in office the DEMITARDS said he was ruining this country. What's your point?

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44Seriouslee(96 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Wow Abe, The letters say it all, don't they? Tressel's is shallow and arrogant, no specifics, no understanding of the issues facing hiring ed. Nowhere else but NE Ohio would anyone make him a finalist based on that application.

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45HonestAbe(270 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Actually, I find the letter insulting to YSU faculty, staff, students, and alumni...and anyone who cares about the future of Youngstown State University. First of all, it's not even in the form of a formal letter..and what's worse, he just doesn't think it's necessary to include any skills, outcomes, or ANY kind of experience in higher ed at all! It's a bunch of drivel on how much he and his family love "The Vally"...and how he'd love to help make "The Valley" a magical place again. In comparison to the other two letters, his is shallow and pitiful. My opinion of the BoT couldn't be any lower...that they would even take this application seriously is beyond me. It's my understanding that a YSU graduating senior applied for the president's position, and I'd guess her letter was more professionally appropriate than Tressel's. I hope Akron makes him an offer he can't refuse...

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46Seriouslee(96 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

We are in complete agreement on this one, Abe. This BOT is dangerously incompetent and this fiasco is proof. Plus, they've deliberately stacked the search by putting "Tress" up against a candidate who is basically being run out of her own university and another who is likely going to Buffalo. Tressel is just using YSU to get the job he really wants (Akron) and we will be stuck with the worst of the three.

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47jmagaratz(163 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

note to "billdog" and "LOL".....

REPUBLITARDS are wrong about President Obama....

DEMLITARDS were right about the ussc appointee little bush.....

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48HonestAbe(270 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Wait...my opinion of the Board of Trustees at YSU just got lower!!! How is this even possible????? Someone teach these clowns how to use Google!

http://www.wfmj.com/story/25407022/ys...

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49HonestAbe(270 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

And in case, you'd like to compare Tressel's letter of application to Univ of Akron and YSU....have at it. HIs letter to Akron appears a bit more professional.

http://wkbn.com/sites/default/files/s...

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50BlueSteel(31 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Columbus + Akron + Youngstown = The Bermuda Triangle of ignorance in OH-IO.

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51Seriouslee(96 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Abe, That's because Akron is the job he really wants and this bastion of character so revered by all is just using YSU for leverage or as a back up. The BOT has botched this search so badly they should be removed.

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52uptowngirl(110 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I love the short memories of the writers. Sweet essentially pillaged the university. He spent a boat load of money trying to make money, yet his contributions to the university were weak. It seems that some writers are unaware that both the DeBartolo and Cafaro families have buildings named for them on the YSU campus which would indicated major donor status. The Board of Trustees seem incapable of doing a Google search of the finalists. I would be worried about the credentials of the BOT than worrying about the credentials of the next President.

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53HonestAbe(270 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Sure, let's not worry about the credentials of the next president. Why should a president of a higher ed institution have any degree at all?

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54petemoss90210(10 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Here's some things to consider, but none of us are the deciding Board of Trustees, so our opinions don't matter:

1. Jim Tressel is not a heavy hitter in Columbus. Sure, every local politician loves him, but shouldn't those local politicians be helping YSU regardless of who the President is? He's not going to shake things up for Higher Education in the State of Ohio because he only knows how to talk in generic rhetoric, which is what made him an inspiring football coach.

2. Jim Tressel is not well-known amongst students across Ohio and across the nation. He exists as a "Patron Saint" in the Mahoning Valley, but he is not going to increase student enrollment at YSU (or anywhere) by name recognition alone, just as Ed O'Neill, Kelly Pavlic, Boom Boom Mancini, and Jeff Wilkins didn't increase the population of the Mahoning Valley. I didn't choose my college or university based on WHO was President.

3. Jim Tressel is like the Steel Mills. People loved the good ol' days of producing Steel - Since we waited 20 years and the Mills never returned, and we didn't go back to the past prosperity, we just use rhetoric about the Valley's past to act like we are all tough, blue-collar workers, which most of us are not. Bringing Tressel back to the Mahoning Valley is the people's equivalent of bringing the Mills back, but one person is really not going to change anything.

4. For Tressel to be a respectable YSU President, he must first rob Peter to pay Paul. Take 25% of the 10 mill of the University funding that goes to Athletics and put that back into Education. Let Athletics do more fundraising and try to create a profit instead of giving away tickets for a losing football team. Look at the Books...how much did YSU invest into Athletics and how much was returned? If you are a business that investors give $10 mill to and you turn around and take that $10 mill and turn it into less than $3 mill, you lose your investors. Athletics should have lost their "investor" years ago.

5. YSU thrived in the past due to influence from shady characters. Remember the mafia - all the corruption that got busted up in 1996? Wonder why YSU was so successful in the past compared to today? As much as we shame the crooks, those crooks gave money to the Institution and we cannot forget that...now if Tressel can turn memorabilia into reduced student tuition instead of tattoos, I think YSU will be set!

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55walter_sobchak(1882 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

HonestAbe,
Thanks for posting the application letters and CV's of the three finalists. In comparison between the letters Tressel submitted to the universities, it shows he is well aware of the problems facing UA. The letter to YSU is short on facts and relies on familial ties to Y-town which, while important, is not too critical. It is shallow to say the least. IMHO, it displays to me that Tressel knows the YSU job is his. I was very impressed with Gary Miller's letter and qualifications. He is a good second choice since the "money" wants Tressel.

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56Seriouslee(96 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Seems to me Miller is the best candidate but he's also a finalist elsewhere and if given the chance, he'll go to Buffalo. Because the media has so desperately fawned over Tressel, he knows he's second choice and will go where he is number one. The BOT tried to stack the search in favor of Tressel, who will go to Akron, Miller will go to Buffalo and we will be stuck with Cullinan, who the BOT was "shocked" to find out has huge problems at her home institution. Apparently the BOT has never heard of google, since most of the posters on here have been talking about it since the list was released. Tressel's letter sucked because he doesn't really want the job--its his leverage with Akron and his "safe school" in case he doesn't get the job he really wants. The whole thing stinks of incompetence and cronyism.

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57godandcountry(13 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Seriouslee: "incompetence and cronyism." Pretty much what "leadership" means in the Valley.

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58southsidedave(4777 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

The Public apparently has a short memory and cannot seem to recall the controversy surrounding Ohio State and Jim Tressel.

Tressel cannot be trusted with a football team, and now "fans" want to entrust an entire college to him?

BTW, what was his dissertation topic, oh forgot, he has no Doctorate Degree.

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59ytown37(11 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Some of you are acting like Tressel committed murder at Ohio State. GET OVER IT.

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60allstar720(246 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm a YSU grad who attended in the late 90's through the early 2000's and I was always put off by our presidents. I feel that the most recent president really took the cake for leaving so soon. Oh, and it was the one before who retired instead of moving into the mansion? They've moved historical buildings then torn them down, they've jacked prices. They've done nothing but annoy me all these years. I blame the people who choose and hire them and the same worthless decision makers are about to blow this opportunity unless they hire Mr. Tresslel.

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61pulaskifarm(26 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

..............................................Mr Tressel,
Is doing us a favor by applying to our school!

He could get 1000 offers in a NY minute.

This is the chance to hire a world class administrator.

Welcome the prodigal son home.

Naysayers are blinded by their haughtiness.

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