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Akron and YSU: "No pressure to compete for Tressel"

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University of Akron trustees are moving quickly in their search for the next university president, but say they are under no pressure to act quickly because of competition for a candidate also being considered for the president's post at Youngstown State University.

"It kind of makes this situation unique, but frankly, we're conducting our process," Akron Vice President Chair of Trustees Jonathan Pavloff says.

The sentiment is echoed by YSU trustees, who are expected to reveal soon if the remaining six applicants being considered for president includes former Ohio State and Youngstown State football coach Jim Tressel.

The University of Akron has narrow its list of possible presidents to just three names, including Tressel.

 "All along we wanted to move as exponentially as possible recognizing there was an end to Dr. Proenza's tenure," Pavloff says, referring to Akron's retiring president, Dr. Luis Proenza.

Akron's three candidates are scheduled for campus tours and interviews. Tressel, who is Akron's Executive Vice President, is scheduled to be interviewed on May 1. 

YSU officials say they hope to have a final candidate selected by the third week in May.
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