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Jim Tressel selected as Youngstown State University President
Tressel's contract is now under negotiation.
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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Tressel named YSU president.
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The Board of Trustees at Youngstown State University have selected Jim Tressel as the school's next president

Trustees authorized board Chair Sudershan Garg and Vice Chair John Jakubek to negotiate and execute an employment contract with Tressel. Tressel has already accepted the offer.
LISTEN: Garg on why board chose Tressel.

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Tressel has many qualities YSU wanted
Garg says Tressel exhibited the qualities the University was looking for in a leader. 

"I think he is a very strong individual," Garg said. "He is very charismatic. He is a great communicator. The students love him. All the employees at YSU they overwhelmingly approved to offer the position to him although that had no bearing on the board's decision."

Commitment to YSU important
Tressel is a former football coach at Youngstown State. The board favored his commitment to the region.

"All the board members felt that he was the strongest candidate to lead the University at this time," Garg said. "He is committed to the University, and he is committed to the valley."

Next steps toward the presidency
Garg says legal representatives from the University will now work on finalizing Tressel's contract. That process is expected to take just a couple days.

Tressel and two other finalists visited campus this week. He will succeed Randy J. Dunn, who resigned in March to become president of Southern Illinois University.


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