Youngstown State taps Tressel for president

FORMER OSU COACH WAS AKRON U FINALIST, too

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Jim Tressel, a former head football coach at Ohio State University, has been chosen to be the next president of Youngstown State University.

The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously Friday to offer the position to Tressel, who has served as an executive vice at the University of Akron since 2012.

Tressel, a former head football coach at Youngstown State as well as Ohio State University, would succeed Randy J. Dunn, who resigned in March after seven months as YSU president to become president of Southern Illinois University.

Tressel also was a finalist for the presidency of the University of Akron, whose trustees chose Dr. Scott L. Scarborough, provost of the University of Toledo, for that post Thursday.

The Youngstown State board voted to offer the position to Tressel after a national search. Tressel and two other finalists for the position, Mary Cullinan, president of Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Ore., and Gary Miller, chancellor of the University of North Carolina- Wilmington, visited campus this week.

"The Board of Trustees believes Mr. Tressel is the right individual at the right time to lead Youngstown State University," said YSU board president Sudershan Garg. "Mr. Tressel has the personality and leadership skills, in addition to widespread community support, to dramatically raise YSU's profile and prominence across Ohio and the nation."

Trustees authorized board Garg and Vice Chair John Jakubek to negotiate and execute an employment contract with Tressel. Garg emphasized that the appointment is not final until contract terms can be reached.

Tressel was head football coach at Ohio State between 2001 and 2010, where his teams won the national championship in 2002 and seven Big Ten championships. He was forced out at Ohio State following a scandal in which players sold memorabilia for cash and tattoos.

He was head football coach at YSU from 1986 to 2000,and athletic director from 1994 to 2000. Prior to serving at YSU, Tressel was an assistant football coach at Ohio State, Syracuse University, Miami University of Ohio and the University of Akron.

Tressel became vice president for Strategic Engagement at the University of Akron in May 2012 and was promoted to executive vice president for Student Success in December 2013.

Tressel was suggested as a possible president for Youngstown State by community leaders, including U.S. Rep Tim Ryan, following Dunn's abrupt decision to resign.

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