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Published: Tue, March 4, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

YSU Foundation trustees: Ex-coach should be president



By Denise Dick



Members of the Youngs-town State University Foundation trustees have joined the chorus backing Jim Tressel as YSU’s next president.

“There are many characteristics desired in a university president — a proven track record of leadership is at the top of the list,” said the foundation trustees’ letter, dated Feb. 27 and addressed to Dr. Sudershan Garg, university trustees chairman, and copied to other board members. The university foundation is an organization that funds scholarships to YSU students.

“While other universities have courted Jim to be their president, most notably his undergraduate alma mater, he would make the most impact at Youngstown State University,” the letter said.

Tressel, executive vice president of student success at the University of Akron, has been touted as a possible candidate for that university’s president as well.

Supporters began floating Tressel’s name as a possible YSU presidential contender the day after Randy J. Dunn, YSU president since July, announced last month that he would leave the post Aug. 16 for the presidency of Southern Illinois University.

Tressel has not said publicly whether he’s interested in the job.

YSU trustees are to meet Wednesday to discuss the possibility of an earlier depar- ture for Dunn. Garg has said Dunn’s exit could happen by the end of the month and the provost/vice president for academic affairs would be appointed interim president.

“Life teaches us that within obstacles lies opportunity,” the letter said. “The sudden departure of Dr. Randy Dunn presents the opportunity to propel our university into a new dynamic and inspiring chapter. Jim would have the shortest learning curve of any individual appointed to the presidential post and would make an immediate positive impact on YSU’s reputation and stature. We believe the appointment of Jim Tressel would create a direct correlation to increased enrollment and philanthropy.”

The letter is signed by Tom Fleming, chairman of the YSU Foundation board, and Gary Mrozek, board vice chairman. It says that several other Mahoning Valley business leaders and foundation trustees endorse the letter, including A. Gary Bitonte, retired federal Judge Nathaniel Jones, Anthony Payiavlas, James Sisek and Carl Nunziato.


1formerdemliberal(182 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

BREAKING NEWS: Pope Francis will soon be sending his papal blessing in support of the Jim Tressel for YSU presidential campaign. When asked about Jim's lack of interest in academic performance and penchant for lying and covering up NCAA violations, the Pope commented, "Hey, St. Peter was a fisherman, denied Jesus three times and still became the first pope."

YSU Board of Trustee President Dr. Garg denied that the pope's blessing would bias the selection process but stated, "If and when St. Jimbo is canonized as the next president, we will send up the traditional white smoke from Stambaugh Stadium to indicate that the anointed one has been selected to lead us into academic nirvana."

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2redvert(2064 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Was that what the pope was talking about when he dropped the F-Bomb yesterday?


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3ytowntomg(26 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Tressel for president!!!!!! In Youngstown, we protect those who protect those they protect!!! Tressel for president!!!!!!

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4Chessiedad(215 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Dear YSU Foundation Trustees: Isn't the use of the words "Jim (Tressel)" and "reputation" in the same sentence, somewhat of an oxymoron? Also, it's apparent that the Foundation is more concerened with $$$$, as evidenced by the statement in their letter, "incresed enrollment and philanthropy", as opposed to words such as "integrity" or "honesty", which I noticed are absent in said letter. Of course, given Tressels record, I guess it would be difficult to associate those words with him.

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5besthopes4ytown(21 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

@Formerdem: LMFAO. funny stuff

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6jmagaratz(166 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

2 minute drill in play.....

Tressel has the time-outs and the ball....offense is moving......

BOT playing defense......offense is wearing them down.....

"smash mouth" dominates......

Tressel scores!

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7RustOnMyBelt(114 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Dr Gordon Gee spent about 7million-dollars in one year traveling,schmoozing,wining and dining with potential donors to his university.He raised nearly 1.6 billion -dollars for OSU from 2007 to 2011.That is the most important function of the university president.Gee was was an easily-recognizable personality.He made a big mistake,was ousted and now is the president at Western Virginia University doing the same great job for them. Tressel is also easily-recognizable and is still beloved by many OSU students and alumni.He would put a positive face on YSU and potential donors will know him from across any crowded room without introduction.I would bet that Gov Kasich might recognize the man as well with our without a sweater vest on.I agree with Tim Ryan and The YSU Foundation.Should he accept,Tressel is the man for the job.OR they can interview a whole slew of faceless applicants with their own puffed-up degrees who would merely be using the position as a stepping stone to another well-paying position somewhere else.

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8dontbeafool(901 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

@formerdem, you shouldn't compare Catholic leaders with Tressel. As far as I know, Jimbo hasn't molested any kids, so he should be seen in at a higher standard.. Tressel may have made a mistake or two, but he has always been good to this community.

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