Jim Tressel To Be Next President At Youngstown State

Jim Tressel(Photo: File)
Jim Tressel(Photo: File)

Jim Tressel is going back to Youngstown State University.

The university confirms on its Web site that trustees voted early Friday to name the former Ohio State University football coach to be YSU’s next president.

The announcement comes a day after Tressel was passed over for the president’s job at the University of Akron, where he’s served as a vice president.

From YSU’s Web site:

The board voted to offer the position to Tressel after a national search. Tressel and two other finalists for the position visited campus this week. The board met in closed, executive session this morning and then convened publicly to vote to offer Tressel the position.

“After fully examining each and every candidate and reviewing the input from hundreds of individuals across the campus and the community, the Board of Trustees believes Mr. Tressel is the right individual at the right time to lead Youngstown State University,” Garg said. “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.”

Tressel, who grew up in northeast Ohio and graduated from Berea High School in 1971, 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 pushed out of OSU in 2011 after failing to report knowledge of players trading memorabilia for tattoos. The scandal led to the departure of former quarterback Terrell Pryor and put the football team on probation.