Tressel meets with YSU faculty

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel met today with faculty behind closed doors and learned about their concerns including a lack of support for research and student success.

The meeting wasn’t part of the ongoing contract negotiations.

It lasted about an hour with about 120 faculty members attending.

“I think it was good for faculty to be able to air their grievances,” said Mark Vopat, an associate professor in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department. “People are upset.”

They’re not upset with Tressel, he said.

Vopat said emotions ran high at times, but faculty were also measured and matter-of-fact as they explained their concerns. Some feel they aren’t getting adequate support from the university or that their research is not being recognized or even acknowledged, he said.

“I personally think YSU could be even better than it is,” Vopat said. “It’s a hidden gem. We have fantastic faculty.”

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