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Valley Democratic lawmakers endorse Tressel for next YSU president

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - You can add more names to the list of people who would like to see Jim Tressel become the next president of Youngstown State University.

During a Monday news conference to discuss Governor John Kasich's State of the State address, State Representative Bob Hagan told reporters that the entire legislative delegation is endorsing the former Penguin and Ohio State University football coach to become the next president of YSU.

Hagan said he spoke on behalf of others at the news conference including State Senator Joe Schiavoni and state representatives Ron Gerberry of Austintown, Tom Letson of Warren and Nick Barborak of Lisbon.

"He's a proven winner. He has a successful history at Youngstown State University and we hope that will continue." said Barborak.

University trustees discovered last week that they would need to search for a replacement for current president Dr. Randy Dunn, after he revealed that he would be leaving the post that he held for only seven months to become the president of Southern Illinois University. 

"First and  foremost the president is a figurehead that makes it a point of going out and raising money, talking about going out and bringing more students in." said Hagan. "We understand the value of having someone that popular, somebody that has that much charisma, somebody that is capable of raising money for the university."

Hagan smirked as he made reference to a letter circulated last week by fellow democrat, U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan, endorsing Tressel for the YSU post and signed by 31 political, business and other community leaders.

"Although we were not invited by the congressman and we are state legislators and it is a state funded school, we wanted to make sure, including Senator Schiavoni who has agreed that we are collectively supporting Jim Tressel for President of Youngstown State University." said Hagan.

Tressel has said little publicly about being interested in becoming YSU president. He told WFMJ Weekend Today  anchor Derek Stier that he's happy in his current job as executive vice president for student success at Akron University.

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