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YSU trustees emerge without comment on presidency

Published: Thu, May 8, 2014 @ 12:19 p.m.


The Youngstown State University Presidential Search Advisory Committee emerged after four hours of executive session today, and made no comment on a recommendation for the university’s next president.

Dr. Sudershan Garg, board of trustees president, said trustees do not yet know the next step. The trustees make up the search committee.

Trustees at the University of Akron will meet in executive session this afternoon for the next step in their presidential process.

The universities’ searches have something in common besides timing: Jim Tressel.

The former head football coach at YSU and Ohio State University, who is now UA’s executive vice president for student success, is a finalist for president at both institutions.

Gary L. Miller, chancellor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and Mary Cullinan, president of Southern Oregon University, are the other YSU finalists.

The other UA finalists are Ronald A. Nykiel, provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Md.; and Scott L. Scarborough, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at The University of Toledo.

UA trustees also have meetings scheduled for Monday and May 19.

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1Attis(1129 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Fine, let both of them have him. Since his coronation will break the common practice of having college presidents hold a doctorate, then why not break a few more rules. Crown him Pez of both UA and YSU. If Obama can be President of 50 states and Kasich Governor of 88 coutnies, then maybe Tressel could be President of multiple Ohio colleges hungry for a fundraiser at the top and academic standards without a bottom.

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2billdog1(5784 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Attis, well stated.

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3UNCOMMONSENSE(622 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Attis I hate to burst your bubble but a Phd does not guarantee a successful university president. That should be one of many factors considered. Education without commonsense is useless.

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4billdog1(5784 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

They have to wait to see what AU is going to do. YSU doesn't have the funds to buy Jimmy. If AU doesn't take him, YSU will settle for sloppy seconds. This is all like a bad dream. What is the world coming to? Football coaches running universities, governors that bankrupt states and community organizers becoming presidents, bankers that bankrupt their institution are given raises and bonuses. Our founding fathers must be rolling over in their graves.

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5Seriouslee(148 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

They don't know their next step? That's great leadership.

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6billdog1(5784 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I wonder what kind of coin they flipped to decide on a runner up to Jimmy? A penny or a silver dollar? Could it have been a YSU commemorative coin? Was it a rock, paper scissors thing? Enny Meany Miney Moe catch a Jimmy by the toe... I guess we may never know.

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7billdog1(5784 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

bgreene, they have to wait and see what AU is going to do. Jim will go to Akron if offered and if the the board picks him as their first candidate, they will have to start all over again. I don't know why the board didn't just go back to the other two finalist when the previous president abandon YSU. Right now YSU is a ship without a captain. The Executive Officers (VP's, half of which have jumped ship) and their yes men and women are running the ship. Each having their own agenda to fill their legacy of bankrupting the institution on their way out the door. All are just buying time before retirement. YSU needs a leader that will bring the institution together, not further divide it. I love YSU but I"m glad my days as a student are behind me.

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8Spiderlegs(161 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I take "do not yet know the next step" to mean that the YSU board has made an offer. I believe at this point the search firm steps in and approaches the candidate with an offer and maybe even does some of the initial negotiating. Either negotiations have started or they are waiting for their candidate to weigh his or her options. Probably his opinions.

I agree with others that the big donors and some politicians will have egg on their face if JT picks UA over YSU.

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9pulaskifarm(26 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

.........................................................Tressel has mastered management, period!
..................................................Hire the SOB!
.....................................................For him, running a university, ner'trivial.

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all. 
- Michelangelo

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10Seriouslee(148 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

This from the Akron paper:

“It’s nice to see that we’re all on the same page. It’s always nice to have the president come in with solid support,” said Steve Weeks, a biology professor who heads the Akron chapter of the American Association of University Professors. “To be honest we we’re hearing lots of rumors that it was going to be Tressel. That was the only candidate that we deemed to be unacceptable. He just didn’t have the background at the moment.”

It's about more than a Ph.D or not, despite what the local media tells you.

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