Hey kurt, sorry for being "curt" in earlier post--just check out previous comments. The real problem is that the Board of Trustees is completely incompetent--no clue as to best practices or data driven decision making, micromanaging everything they can get their hands on, and frankly an embarrassment to the university.
April 22, 2014 at 9:24 a.m.
LOL kurtw! If you think unions are the real problem at YSU, you really have no clue.
April 21, 2014 at 1:36 p.m.
That's it--let's do the most important search we've ever done as quickly and cheaply as possible!
April 21, 2014 at 1:21 p.m.
Folks, its OK to use the presidency as a stepping stone! Dunn is a huge exception--no one with character would do what he did--and the damage he left is huge because now YSU and the valley cries for someone who will stay forever and who has local ties--guess what? You DON"T want someone who is a product of the same crappy system that desperately needs changing--you WANT someone from the outside who can see with fresh eyes the huge problems the university faces.
April 20, 2014 at 4:34 p.m.
The Tressel nonsense is ridiculous and embarrassing for sure, but I'll just put this out there. Not that it matters at YSU, but it's just as unusual in the world of real universities to move from dean to president without having served in an executive position like provost (that's why he's a finalist for provost NOT president at another university). The fact that Abraham probably has a shot, and the fact that everyone from a former department chair (Mincy) to current students has applied shows what a mockery the Board of Trustees and those community "movers and shakers" have made of the university.
April 20, 2014 at 8:23 a.m.
I love all of this chatter about Tressel being a capable administrator--pretty easy when your department is revered and you don't really have to stay on budget. A capable administrator would have a deeper understanding of and greater respect for the rules of the body his department operates under (NCAA). His job at Akron is totally made-up fluff just to give him some administrative credentials. Look at some of the comments on Ohio.com from people who actually work with him at Akron--they'd love for him to leave for YSU.
April 16, 2014 at 12:48 p.m.
I agree Abe--but one has to take this back to the BOT. Why would you rush this search when you could appoint an interim and take the time to do it right? Then to publicly state that they want to do this as quickly and as cheaply as possible sends a pretty clear message to anyone who knows the field of higher ed that this is a sorry institution led by a clueless BOT.
April 16, 2014 at 9:56 a.m.
Or, you could see it this way: "Carpetbaggers" might be truly visionary leaders who could see the university with fresh eyes and bring much needed change to a dysfunctional and deteriorating institution. The Tressel camp and local "icons" who support the "insider" mentality are part and parcel of an entrenched culture of cronyism, nepotism and pay-to-play politics, a mindset that has held the valley back for decades. The fact that so many unqualified candidates have applied for the presidency shows just how bad the reputation of the university is--in the real world of real universities, Deans, retired profs, charter school management execs, would not even think they have a chance at becoming president of a university, but this BOT is so ignorant of how real universities work, and has so badly damaged the reputation of YSU that these people probably have a good chance.
April 16, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
April 15, 2014 at 9:11 a.m.
Yeah, then we could still have segregation in the South too!
April 14, 2014 at 5:15 p.m.