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Tressel starts at YSU Friday



Published: Tue, June 17, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Denise Dick

denise_dick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Jim Tressel will begin his duties at Youngstown State University on Friday, 11 days before his official contract begins.

Tressel will become acting president, said Ron Cole, YSU spokesman, when Ikram Khawaja, interim president, goes on vacation for the last 10 days of his term. Khawaja’s last day before vacation is Thursday. He is retiring June 30 after nearly 46 years at YSU.

Cole said Tressel will be available those 10 days without pay.

Dr. Sudershan Garg, YSU trustees chairman, said trustees believe it’s important to have someone in the presidential role in case something comes up that requires attention or a signature.

“It’s good to have somebody to cover for him, and since he’s already here, we asked him to become acting president for 10 to 11 days,” Garg said.

But Tressel can’t take the job early because Khawaja is still in office.

“You can’t have two presidents,” Garg said.

Tressel’s term as YSU’s ninth president begins July 1. His contract is still being finalized, but under approved terms, Tressel had been offered $375,000 the first year and turned it down, opting for $300,000 instead.

Tressel was selected in mid-May, and he’s been on campus frequently since then.

“He’s been working without pay, meeting people, getting acquainted,” Garg said. “He’s not being paid for that.”

Tressel, who led both YSU’s and Ohio State’s football teams to national championships, was the executive vice president for student success at the University of Akron when trustees selected him as the third YSU president in four years.

Cynthia Anderson, YSU’s seventh president, who was appointed in 2010, retired after three years on the job. Randy J. Dunn, appointed in July 2013, resigned after only eight months on the job to become president of Southern Illinois University.


Comments

1walter_sobchak(1982 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

gdog,
Once again, you prove your idiocy. The bomb-sniffing dog was provided through a grant for the Ohio Dept of Home;and Security which covers the purchase, training, vet bills, etc. And, there is no single $10M construction project starting but construction totaling $10M; mostly maintenance projects like new roofs. But, you would rather go into one of these buildings and complain that the roof has sprung a leak, then blame it on KaKasich. These expenses come under capital expenditures and are necessary.

JT provides new leadership for the institution and has the energy and positive attitude to make things happen. Good Luck, President Tressel!

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2republicanRick(1251 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

gdog, our illiterate socialist gadfly who hates everything in this world. C'mon you screwball, show some long lost class and wish Tress some good luck. In the meantime keep taking your meds.

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3walter_sobchak(1982 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Actually, I am a registered Democrat because I always vote against the party nominee in the primary. But, I am most assuredly a conservative AMerican that gladly embraces conservative principles. I have stated many times that I don't agree with John Kasich and his stand with respect to government schools. But, I also can't understand throwing money down a hole into government schools that are not working! Once again...get this through your feeble brain and understand that maintenance and improvements must be done and the contracts are paid under capital expenditure budgets. I don't want to see employees losing jobs, especially when there are way to many administrators at the school. But, when enrollment drops, less classes need to be offered and staff will be necessarily cut unless that staff has some outside funding source that is bringing funds in for research.

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4redeye1(4712 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Gdog I would rather see them spend the money to keep the majority of people safe , then to waste the money on a few. Who are probably working in overstaffed positions .anyway. Yes, if the amount of students has declined they should cut out at every staff level. But as long as you have demoncrats like Harry and his buds that won't happen. when they have control of the monies. To me that is the first place I would cut the is BOT,it is way overstaff for the amount of students that YSU has

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5JoeFromHubbard(1137 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Define the following "terms:"

>> dbag arsehall, real a$$hole, ahole, reSCUMlican <<

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