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YSU’s hiring of Jim Tressel not in students’ best interests

Published: Fri, May 16, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

YSU’s hiring of Jim Tressel not in students’ best interests

As a graduate of Youngs- town State University, the hiring of Jim Tressel as president of the university has several meanings to me.

It shows that YSU is not to be taken seriously as an institution that promotes higher educational standards and the learning and prestige that come with that goal.

It demonstrates that the most important qualifications of the position are fundraising and public relations, not administrative experience or leadership in a higher education setting.

It means that the board of trustees does not function in the best interests of the school but rather takes its marching orders from the area’s “good-old-boy” network.

I read and listened to a lot of things Mr. Tressel said during the hiring process. Not once did I hear him relate his qualifications or experience to run a university with $300 million in assets, a $180 million annual budget, declining enrollment and over 1,000 employees represented by several different bargaining units. Perhaps he plans to hire a lot of helpers. He did say he has a large ego.

Coach Tressel used YSU and other stops as his steppingstone to coaching football at Ohio State. Why would he think a couple of years as vice president of Student Success at Akron is enough to prepare him for this enormous challenge?

Both the University of Akron and Kent State University have recently hired new presidents. Both have extensive experience in higher education. Neither was a football coach. I wonder why?

Timothy Ryan, Newton Falls


1papa1(711 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

excellent letter. succinct and right on the money. this appointment could very well be injurious to ysu. the gutless trustees were bullied into a hair brained decision.

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2billdog1(3254 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

I believe right now the university needs a leader. Mr. Tressell has proven to be a leader many times over in his past. YSU is a great institution that needs someone to come in look at who is there just for position or power and not for the best interests of the students. Some even sabotage students as they go about their over inflated ego trip. Mr. Tressell I believe will see right through their phoney ego trip. Some will be vary disappointed that he didn't come back and follow their agenda of making YSU a bankrupt institution for their own self serving purposes. I say we all give Mr. Tessell the chance to get rid of those that are destroying the university with personal agendas, and allow him to build the institution back into the great place it once was. Although it is a home coming for Mr. and Mrs. Tressell, they are not here this time for the purpose of asking people to help the team, their here to build a team of those that have a long term interest in the institution, not how to get out the door with the most.

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