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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(862 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks 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(941 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Attis, well stated.

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3gdog4766(1403 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

This is an easy decision. Whoever has told Garg and his minions that they will go along with pulling the university down even further gets the job. Period. Don't fight against funding cuts, raise tuition and fees, get more concessions from the employees, cut classes, don't touch athletics. Boom you got the job.

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4UNCOMMONSENSE(353 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks 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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5listener(102 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

People tell me Dr. Sudershan Garg is a nice man, but it seems he's in over his head as president of this board.

Tressel is using YSU as a lever to get a better deal out of Akron. The "community leaders" that signed that letter should have known better.

Another of many examples of poor leadership in the valley.

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6billdog1(941 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks 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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7Seriouslee(92 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

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

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8billdog1(941 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks 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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9bgreene(131 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Did I read this correctly?

".........trustees do not yet know the next step. The trustees make up the search committee."

Will someone give these guys a hint as to how they might proceed to the next stage in the process of hiring a president?

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10billdog1(941 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks 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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11pulaskifarm(26 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks 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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12Seriouslee(92 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks 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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