YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Youngstown State University president Jim Tressel and his wife, Ellen, have made a one million dollar donation to the university that will help expand student employment opportunities on campus.
The gift will create the Ellen and Jim Tressel Student Work Opportunity Endowment Fund.
“Research shows that students with part-time campus jobs are more successful in the classroom and have better chances of graduating on time, not to mention the benefits of earning extra money for the variety of expenses that college presents,” Mr. Tressel said.
This isn’t the first donation that the Tressels have made to the school. They have also given $500,000 to the YSU Watson and Tressel Training Site and $125,643 to the YSU Andrews Student Recreation and Wellness Center.
Jim Tressel became the school’s ninth president on July 1, 2014. He came there after two years as executive vice president for Student Success at the University of Akron. Before that, he was head football coach at Ohio State University from 2001 to 2010 and YSU from 1986 to 2000.
Ellen Tressel is a Youngstown State graduate who began her own career in her family’s business in Youngstown and served 15 years at Butler Wick and Co. as vice president of trading.