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Tressel starts at YSU Friday

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

By Denise Dick



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.


1lovethiscity(147 comments)posted 3 months ago

For YSU? Best.Hire.Ever.

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2walter_sobchak(1910 comments)posted 3 months ago

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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3Guin96(40 comments)posted 3 months ago

Good luck to Pres. Tressel, he will need it. It is really a sad story at YSU with these looming layoffs. 15 people with lots of years of service, some of them close to retirement, now being kicked out of their job. With all the waste at YSU, this is just disgusting. There are way too many assistants to assistants to assistants to the top administrators who can't seem to do their jobs. So much of this is totally unnecessary. How about cutting some of those jobs?? Won't happen because the people making the decisions as to what to cut are guess what . . . administrators. They will never cut their own, just the ACE jobs. So disgusting.

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4walter_sobchak(1910 comments)posted 3 months 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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