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Crowd turns out for Jim Tressel’s presidential installation

Published: Tue, August 19, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

Jim Tressel installed as YSU’s ninth president


Jim Tressel is all smiles inside Beeghly Center during the ceremony for his formal installation as Youngstown State University’s ninth president. The event took place Monday.

By Denise Dick



Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel believes the university has a lot to be proud of, but he urged the campus community to continue to work to improve excellence.

“Macte virtute” or “be increased in merit” is a phrase to which Tressel has often referred since being selected for the YSU presidency. It’s a pattern he continued while speaking at the ceremony Monday, where he was formally installed in the position — the ninth person to have the job.

“We have to make sure we understand the level of excellence that we have, but we have to increase our excellence,” Tressel said during his address inside Beeghly Center.

Students, alumni, faculty, politicians, business and community leaders and the public attended the cere-mony.

“Set goals and dreams way beyond what has ever been done,” Tressel said.

Tressel, who coached the YSU football team for 15 years before leaving to coach Ohio State, leading both to national championships in their respective divisions, took over the reigns as YSU president in late June.

He previously served for two years as executive vice president for student success at the University of Akron.

Tressel said he learned about leadership from his parents, the late Lee and Eloise Tressel, both of whom were involved in education.

“They taught us that leadership is not a position that you hold but action you take to serve others,” he said.

Gov. John Kasich delivered the keynote address, telling the crowd he knows a lot about Youngstown and the values of the people who live here. Kasich is a native of western Pennsylvania.

“One hundred years ago, this was the third-fastest growing city in the country,” he said of Youngstown.

Kasich, who is seeking a second term, said he remembers the heartbreak of the region’s economic downturn, too.

But he said the downturn is over, and Youngstown is on its way back, pointing to Vallourec Star and Exterran as examples. He also spoke of GM’s Complex in nearby Lordstown, where the hot-selling Chevrolet Cruze is made.

Tressel has faced similar challenges, the governor said.

Tressel resigned from his OSU coaching job amid a scandal involving players receiving cash and tattoos for memorabilia. He was accused of withholding information from university officials and NCAA investigators.

He joined the administration of the University of Akron and brought a “jolt of electricity into that whole university,” Kasich said.

Then, when the presidency of YSU opened up, “the people of this community, the leaders of this community demanded that Jim Tressel come back home, demanded that he inject the same kind of electricity into Youngstown State,” he said.

Tressel is a doer. He has a vision, Kasich said.

“Youngstown is coming back,” he said. “Jim Tressel has the leadership and the vision we need.”


1lemmingsfollowblindly(44 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

A vain Emperor who cares about nothing except wearing and displaying clothes hires two swindlers who promise him the finest, best suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position or "hopelessly stupid". The Emperor's ministers cannot see the clothing themselves, but pretend that they can for fear of appearing unfit for their positions and the Emperor does the same. Finally the swindlers report that the suit is finished, they mime dressing him and the Emperor marches in procession before his subjects. The townsfolk play along with the pretense, not wanting to appear unfit for their positions or stupid. Then a child in the crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense, blurts out that the Emperor is wearing nothing at all and the cry is taken up by others. The Emperor cringes, suspecting the assertion is true, but continues the procession.

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2kensgirl(643 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

I know Tressel has done wrong in the past. True that. Duly noted. The trouble he got into was protecting POS players who took advantage of his protective nature. I think Jim, like the rest of us has paid for his sins. Not only was he denied the ability to coach but had his reputation tarnished across the country. He did his time, paid the fine now let him go. He's really a nice guy once you know him. A class act. He'll talk to anyone anytime. The Board made a great decision. Let's rally behind him and get the show on the road. I support this "emporer" and love his new red and white digs.

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3HSG(139 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

phd not required

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4topper11(181 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

I hope for the best for YSU . But seeing those two crooks on stage was sick . In fact I got up and left .

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5RoddAC(97 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

I heard the flowers were stunning!

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6RoddAC(97 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

I agree with kensgirl...let's rally behind people who are leading us and perhaps that will make a difference. After all, no matter what you think of these people, they have in fact accomplished more than you or most people, I should say.

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7mick(16 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

i just hope he does a good job but im sure he will bw a good spokespreson (sales person) so ysu will grow. my problem is people use the word integrity to discribe him we all know that hasnt always been true about him. we know he broke the rules here coaching football at ysu and at osu so lets move on so everyone can succeed !!!

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8pak1116(19 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Is the Vindicator really selling this ridiculous picture of Tressell crossing the Mahoning? I guess our "impartial news outlet" things he's the savior of the world too.

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9steivo(540 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

If Tressel runs YSU anything like Kasich is running Ohio, then YSU will prosper and their future will be secure.

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10Aware(222 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Ha! It is everyone's hope that Tressel does not run YSU anywhere near the way in which Kasich is running Ohio! What a horrifying thought. Tressel has a few more smarts, so that thankfully won't happen...PS. Kasich is a horrifying excuse for a governor.

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11Chessiedad(247 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Well, at least Ms. Dick had the "intestinal fortitude" to give an "honorable"..strike that..."dishonorable mention" of Tressel's shameful exit from OSU. Almost every other article published by the Vindy had conveniently omitted any reference to the same. So now that the "cats out of the bag", what explanation do I give to my child who reads this article, and asks, "if Mr. Tressesl lied and cheated at OSU, and had to resign, because of it, how does he become the leader of a University, and be an example of honesty and integrity to the students?" I think I'll just give them Tim Ryan's number or the YSU Board of Trustees phone numbers, and let them try and explain it, 'cause quite frankly, I can't come up with a plausible answer.

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12kensgirl(643 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Someone (whom I trust the most) once said.."Whomever is without sin cast the first stone". Now I'm certainly not a Bible thumper but this guy Jesus has something there. If you can do better Chessie you could have applied for the job. I know I wouldn't want it. Too many people referring to others as Dick and Ms. Dick. By the way, what ARE you teaching your kids at home? Scarey.

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