Jim Tressel Accepts YSU President Position

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YOUNGSTOWN, Oh – Jim Tressel says he has accepted the position of president at Youngstown State University.

YSU’s board of trustees announced it had made the offer Friday morning. Tressel said in a statement Friday afternoon that he accepts the position and will meet with the board on Monday for further discussion.

The entire statement is as follows:

“On behalf of  Ellen and the entire Watson/Tressel Family, we would like to thank Dr. Garg and the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees for the confidence they have demonstrated in us by their actions today. We are honored and privileged to accept the board’s offer and we are humbled by this opportunity to return to the area and school that we deeply love. We look forward to working with the Board, the faculty, staff, students and the entire Mahoning Valley community to build on what has been more than a century of service and success at the university.

 The outpouring and well wishes sent by former colleagues from YSU, The University of Akron, Miami (O), Syracuse University, Baldwin Wallace, and The Ohio State University has been overwhelming. It has been a healthy confirmation of the extraordinary importance of the academic mission and total student experience that is the responsibility of higher education, and most certainly those charged with the leadership of all universities in our nation.

 We understand that the Board of Trustees has scheduled a meeting for Monday afternoon. Ellen and I plan to be on campus for that meeting. Until then, out of respect for the process, I will reserve any further comment, and we will celebrate the glory of commencement weekend for the wonderful graduates here at The University of Akron.”

He also tweeted about his excitement to take on the new role.

Tressel is currently executive vice president for the University of Akron.

Tressel would become YSU’s ninth president, succeeding Randy Dunn who resigned in March.

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