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YSU Stem College Dean cut from list of presidential candidates

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Dr. Martin Abraham Dr. Martin Abraham

The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees has revealed the names of the six finalists seeking the YSU


Although former Ohio State and YSU coach Jim Tressel made the cut, the name of Dr. Martin Abraham is absent from the list.

"I'm extremely disappointed," Abraham says. "I think I have a lot to offer and I'm really, very disappointed they have chosen this path."

YSU's Chair of Trustees says Abraham did NOT have enough support from the board to make it to the next round.

Below are the names submitted by the Youngstown State University Presidential Search Advisory Committee:

Mary Cullinan

President and Professor of English, Southern Oregon University

Gary L. Miller

Chancellor, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Gayle L. Ormiston

Sr. V.P. for Academic Affairs and Provost, Marshall University

D. Marshall Porterfield

Director of Space Life and Physical Sciences Division, Human Exploration Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters

Steven M. Rothstein

President, Perkins School for the Blind

James P. Tressel

Executive Vice President for Student Success, The University of Akron

Tressel, who interviews for the University of Akron president's job next week, is a favorite choice of several valley political, business and other community leaders.

Dr. Abraham has been credited with advancing the reputation of YSU as a destination for science and engineering students.

Trustees say the remaining six individuals will be interviewed by the search advisory committee via Skype at meetings that are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, April 25, and 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, in Williamson Hall on the YSU campus.

The interviews will be conducted in closed, executive session. The committee anticipates developing a short list of final candidates who will then come to campus for interviews and meetings.

Trustees have said that they hope to have a new president in place by July.

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