Actually, I find the letter insulting to YSU faculty, staff, students, and alumni...and anyone who cares about the future of Youngstown State University. First of all, it's not even in the form of a formal letter..and what's worse, he just doesn't think it's necessary to include any skills, outcomes, or ANY kind of experience in higher ed at all! It's a bunch of drivel on how much he and his family love "The Vally"...and how he'd love to help make "The Valley" a magical place again. In comparison to the other two letters, his is shallow and pitiful. My opinion of the BoT couldn't be any lower...that they would even take this application seriously is beyond me. It's my understanding that a YSU graduating senior applied for the president's position, and I'd guess her letter was more professionally appropriate than Tressel's. I hope Akron makes him an offer he can't refuse...
May 1, 2014 at 11:10 a.m.
Here are application letters from the 3 candidates interviewing next week to be the next President of YSU. These letters cite applicants' qualifications and experience.
The author of this Vindi article asks the question, "Is Jim Tressel qualified to be YSU president?" You can draw your own conclusions.
April 30, 2014 at 1:46 p.m.
1. Interesting to note that Zoldan's attorney's wife will be the new chair of the BoT. Conflict of interest?2. Wish the Vindi writer would have contacted the NCAA as to their thoughts on whether Tressel is even eligible to be the president of a university, as his sanctions state he must have nothing to do with college athletics until 2016. How would that work?
April 27, 2014 at 11:43 a.m.
And I'd like to ask all of these "community leaders"...how many of YOUR children attended YSU?
April 27, 2014 at 10:55 a.m.
kurt..how exactly do you know "how it works" in academia? Just wondering...have you ever worked in higher ed...or do you just spew your thoughts like your infamous comments about how all of the problems in this country can be traced back to when women got the vote? You know, if you really wanted to be useful, why don't you contact YSU's HR office and request a position description. They'd be happy to provide it to you. Then maybe you can enlighten us as to why you think this position isn't required.
April 25, 2014 at 1:13 p.m.
It was very surprising that the BoT overlooked Dr. Martin Abraham for some on this list. Rothstein appears to have no higher ed experience and has an MBA, not a PhD. Cullinan recently had a vote of "no confidence" from faculty at her institution. Gary L. Miller has only been chancellor of UNCW for TWO years...there has to be a story behind that. The NASA guy...seriously? That leaves Tressel and Ormiston (who appears to be a solid candidate.) Leads you to wonder if the BoT isn't stacking the deck in favor of Tressel, doesn't it? I'm shocked, I say...shocked!!!!
April 24, 2014 at 10:39 p.m.
seriouslee...YSU is not a "sorry institution," but has lacked strong leadership since 2007. And I think most would agree that the BoT is clueless.
April 16, 2014 at 2:33 p.m.
Seriouslee..I agree with much of your post, but remember...it's nearly impossible to fill a president's position in such a short time. At YSU, they can't even hire a secretary's position in less than five months. From what I've seen, I believe there are a very few excellent candidates on this list, but they have submitted applications and have interviewed elsewhere. In the real world (and I know that's not Youngstown), people apply for and accept positions in other parts of the country all the time. Even tho YSU got stung by Randy Dunn, I would rather hire a strong candidate from the "outside" than a weak candidate from within.
April 16, 2014 at 9:52 a.m.
It's an interesting list to be sure. Several physicians, several fired presidents. At least one is a finalist for a president's position in the SUNY system and at least two have applied for the Univ. of Akron job. Yeah, I think the fix is in.
April 14, 2014 at 4:42 p.m.
....and on the seventh day of his presidency, Tressel will bring the steel mills back to Youngstown, and the good people of Youngstown will live happily ever after!
April 12, 2014 at 9:54 a.m.