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No state requirements set for YSU president position

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Amid an effort to draft former coach Jim Tressel to become the next president of Youngstown State University, higher education officials in Ohio say that there are no state mandated qualifications for becoming the president of a state university.

According to the Ohio Board of Regents director of communications Jeff Robinson, the standards manual has credentialing requirements for faculty, but not for leadership or administrative positions.

Robinson was also not aware of any other requirements set forth in state law or rules.  He says there are a number of private institutions where the campus leadership does not possess a Ph.D., so a precedent is not being set.

21 News has obtained a copy of the letter that was sent to Youngstown State's Board of Trustees encouraging them to consider Jim Tressel as the university's next president.

The letter from Congressman Tim Ryan is very brief. He sent it to each member of YSU's Board of Trustees. It makes the case that Tressel's leadership skills would make him a very effective president at Youngstown State.

Ryan tells 21 News, "The vision, the ability to build levels of collaboration, that a lot of leaders don't have, and I think the fundraising ability, to invest in the young men and women that are coming into the school, to give them opportunities that they may not otherwise have at Youngstown State. To me that's an exciting proposition."

The letter lists 31 supporters that range from prominent businessmen like Bruce Zoldan, to former NFL quarterback and YSU alum Ron Jaworski, to Valley labor leaders, like UAW Local 1112 President Glenn Johnson.

Johnson said, "Anybody who knows Jim, knows that what he puts his heart into, he is going to give it a 110% and he is a proven winner no matter where he's been so there's no reason he wouldn't be here at YSU."

Congressman Ryan and the supporters listed in the letter believe that a Tressel administration at YSU could have a positive effect on the rest of the Valley, such as relationships between communities and the economic development that is taking place.

The letter also asks the trustees to move forward and seize the opportunity to make an offer to Tressel.

There has been no formal response from Tressel. However he told 21 News Weekend Today anchor Derek Stier that he is happy performing his current duties as executive vice-president of student success.

The YSU presidency became available when Dr. Randy Dunn announced he would be leaving in August to become president of Southern Illinois University. 

YSU trustees are beginning efforts to find a replacement for Dunn.

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