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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.


1HAM711(16 comments)posted 5 months 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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2HAM711(16 comments)posted 5 months ago

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

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3ChiefWahoo(3 comments)posted 5 months 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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4ytown37(12 comments)posted 5 months 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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5Seriouslee(101 comments)posted 5 months 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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6Seriouslee(101 comments)posted 5 months 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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7Seriouslee(101 comments)posted 5 months ago

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

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8RustOnMyBelt(114 comments)posted 5 months 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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9Ypsi(57 comments)posted 5 months 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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10questionreality(267 comments)posted 5 months ago


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11Seriouslee(101 comments)posted 5 months 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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12ncst(12 comments)posted 5 months 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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13Nurse_Midlo(34 comments)posted 5 months 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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14ytowntomg(26 comments)posted 5 months 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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15LoveTheCity(14 comments)posted 5 months 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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