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UPDATE: Tressel, 2 others named as finalists for YSU prez

Published: Mon, April 28, 2014 @ 3:33 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University Presidential Search Advisory Committee has identified these three finalists for the position. They are:

• Mary Cullinan, president and professor of English, Southern Oregon University.

• Gary L. Miller, chancellor, University of North Carolina Wilmington.

• James P. Tressel, executive vice president for Student Success, University of Akron.

The three finalists will visit campus the week of May 5 for interviews and open forums.

"We believe we have a highly qualified group of final candidates, and we look forward to them traveling to Youngstown, visiting our campus and meeting the people of the university and the community," said Sudershan K. Garg, chair of the YSU Board of Trustees.

In all, 37 individuals applied for the position. The Search Committee, comprised of nine members of the YSU Board of Trustees and two student members, interviewed six candidates Friday and Saturday via video-conferencing.


1Notorious_Pig(97 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Duh! Did anyone actually think he wouldn't be??? How is this newsworthy?

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2Chessiedad(170 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Well, here it comes again!! Tressel, the cheater, the liar, the disgraced....coming home to roost!! And what a perfect roost (the Mahoning Valley) for such an "honorable" man. I put the word "honorable" in quotations, to highlight the sarcasm in such a statement. How this person, with such a disgraceful background and questionable character flaws could ever be considered, let alone be the leader of any institution that has a major impact on the young people of this community, is beyond me. But, as I stated many times earlier, the Mahoning Valley will never shake the tarnished reputation it has, when it continues to put people like Tressel on a pedestal. Apparently the people of this area have short memories of our illustrious former congressman, judges and myriads of other political leaders who have fallen from grace, like Tressel has. For some reason, words like "honor", "integrity" and "truthfulness" don't have any meaning when being considered for leadership positions in the Mahoning Valley. What a sad requiem for this area.

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3HAM711(16 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Its said to say but the people in this valley are mostly smart people. But I must say that some of you are so Negitive its a wonder anyone wants to come and live in the Valley. I am sure you 2 have lived a perfect life no mistakes Right? Go back to your hole!

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4HAM711(16 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Sorry my spelling is off, you should shoot me!!!!!!!!!

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5Chessiedad(170 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

HAM117: I don't think that Notorius_Pig is up for consideration for the YSU position, and I can confirm that I am not...therefore our lives, nor our backgrounds are in question in reference to this matter. Also, the sooner that the people of this Valley realize that we need to put the past behind us, and strive to elect, hire, or promote persons who can at least use the word "integrity" in descibing themselves, the better off the Valley will be.

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6ChiefWahoo(3 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Agree with CheesyDad. Tressel is a very poor choice for YSU president, but a good choice for a lower class, less ethical position within the athletic dept. He is a coach, not an academic. I appreciate his money raising abilities, and his money gift giving to YSU. But a bad choice for position of prez. Not that Anderson or Dunn were anything special, either.
You'll have to go back to Les for that, OMG- then I read his terrible book!

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7Chessiedad(170 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Apologies to whomever "HAM117" is, my comments were meant to be directed to "HAM711".

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8ytown37(11 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm pretty intrigued by Gary Miller. If Tressel didn't get the job and we hired Miller, I wouldn't have a single complaint. I want nothing to do with Mary Cullinan though.

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9Seriouslee(96 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Hmmm Cullinan is coming off of a vote of no confidence from her faculty senate at Oregon, Miller is mysteriously job hunting at YSU and Buffalo after only 3 years on the job, and then there's Tressel. Nice job Board of Trustees--be proud that you did the search "as quickly and as cheaply as possible"

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10Seriouslee(96 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

and could we please stop calling it the Presidential Search Advisory Committee--it's the entire Board of Trustees with no faculty, community or staff representation.

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11georgejeanie(788 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

The "Valley" at it's finest once again. The area is and will be the laughing stock of the State of Ohio and beyond. Keep voting the one party and this idiotic stuff will continue to happen.

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12badeepster(111 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Tressel is the only one that can save this university right now, especially financially. You idiots act like he murdered somebody at O$U, where he was thrown under the bus by Gordon Geek and his minions. It's typical Youngstown to trash someone without having a viable alternative.Chessiedad--if you're not happy here, pack it and move. And Wahoo--being a university prez today IS about raising money--you can hire any egghead with a PhD to run academics. But schools are drowning in debt. Tressel will eliminate that debt.

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13Seriouslee(96 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Because all of those deep pockets like Zoldan are going to give money for academic programs--yeah right.

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14Attis(873 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

None of these three is worthy of being the President of a University with any integrity. Cullinan and Miller are academic nomads, desperately seeking any high-paying job in academe they could land; such folks are a dime a dozen. Tressel has absolutely no qualifications for the job. Curiously there's this myth out there that he will magically eliminate the YSU debt by attracting beaucoup bucks. Really? Where the evidence for that? Besides, if the main function of a university president these days is to raise funds, then why not just hire a high-priced prostitute as Prez? YSU is in for some even tougher times.

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15papa1(646 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

the trustees are intimidated by the "movers and shakers" who, mostly don't even donate to ysu. just another example of corruption in the Mahoning valley. who will you blame if you send people like dr. Abraham away and hire a football coach and the university goes down. students can only afford so much. what tressel did at osu was no small matter and anyone who thinks it was is an idiot.

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16RustOnMyBelt(114 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

The naysayers here are either individuals holding a PhD and whose world-view only honors those with the same OR someone working on the behalf of the University of Akron to deride even the possibility of the former OSU coach from getting tapped for this position.

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17Ypsi(56 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Dr. Abraham is the dean for the entire STEM college yet seems to only focus on engineering (his discipline). How could he be depended on to oversee an entire university with such a narrow approach?

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18questionreality(227 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago


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19Seriouslee(96 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Rust, You actually believe U of Akron has people working the vindy chat to discourage YSU's hiring of Tressel ?

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

The saddest part of this forum is the wingnuts who trash our beautiful Valley.Forbes Magazine rated the YTown area as the fifth best place in the nation to raise a family .This is truly what we are about and Jim Tressel will restore the pride and dignity to our beloved school that our great President Obama did in his last two State of the Union speches praising our Valley.He will be a hands on President who will be visible on campus talking to students about their concerns.The Toledo Blade recently ran a column detailing the wonderful traits of Mr Tressel and why he would be a great University president.During his time here and since with his wonderful financial gifts,he has shown a love for our great school.I remember during my time on campus there was much debate about if President Pugsley was some type of Wizard of Oz type because no one ever saw him.Tressel will be a great ambassador throughout not only the state,but the nation and the world,And unlike the other two candidates this wouldn't be just a stepping stone.Forbes detailed just how great our community is.lets get the right person to restore the greatness at YSU and that's Jim Tressel

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21ncst(12 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

What is funny to me is that people think that the president of a university needs to be an academic. This person needs to be a manager of people and PR person. Tressel meets both of those requirements to a tee. Tressel by FAR is the best candidate!!

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22papa1(646 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

this is a win win situation for 'ol jimbo. if ua kicks him to the curb he can always settle for the ysu job. it's also a win win for ysu which will get a faux president and have him help out with the football team.

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23Nurse_Midlo(34 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

The good coach Tressel will surely get offered the job at YSU at least, as it is clear that the BoT is letting the valley puppeteers run the show.

The real question is whether he will pick Akron if offered both jobs.

Randy Dunn - what a disaster!!

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24ytowntomg(26 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

The greatest coach in Youngstown State History. He will probably be the greatest president in Youngstown State History. Liberals hate football and those associated with it. Anything having to do with manly actions send the whimpering whining cowards to the keyboard to utter their nonsense.

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25LoveTheCity(14 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

A university's goal is to prepare student to productive white-collar employees in various industries. I've never seen a Ph.D program that focuses on the specific point. Ph.D are great and they prepare you well for focused, narrowed and research type careers, but 95% of students will pursue opportunities outside of the three points that make Ph.Ds great.

The key skills needed to being a University President are understand how to rally the people around you to making students successful. The requires extreme charm and charisma for the ability to market your University programs to potential employers. Also it requires the ability to support and understand students goals outside of their academic life. Lastly, the ability to recognize trends for where student will have and create opportunities.

I'm okay with having a non-traditional candidate as finalist. To really make a huge impact you have to be an outside of the box thinker. Traditional thinking has left many American universities falling behind the rest of the world.

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26handymandave(455 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't understand how some people think "Tressel" is going to save YSU. Want more enrollment at the university? Quit increasing the tuition every month.

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