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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Former Ohio State Football Coach Jim Tressel will begin his new job as Youngstown State University President on Friday. But he's not the only newly designated university official.

The university has been operating under an interim president since late March, when Dr. Randy Dunn left after only 7 months on the job. That interim president is Dr. Ikram Khawaja. He will now retire after serving as university provost for seven years.

His replacement as provost has not yet been selected, but Jim Tressel will take the helm as university president.

"The biggest accomplishment I think a president can make is to develop in that community of workers a sense of family, a sense of unity and team. That would be I think my biggest aspiration I would have for him (Tressel)" said Khawaja.

Also, leaving the university's team of leaders is Trustee Chairperson Dr. Sudershan Garg. He's served the university for nearly a decade. His replacement will be Carol Weimer.

"The biggest challenge the new team faces is the economic, which we have been facing since 2011," said Garg.

Dr. Garg says he's confident the new team of leaders will be able to work together and put the university's economic challenges behind them in a couple of years.

Garg recognized Tressel for already showing a dedication to the university finances. Garg says, Tressel signed his contract for $75,000 less than what he was offered. He also has not asked to be reimbursed by the university for any expenses acquired during the interview process.

Tressel has also already been on campus meeting with different groups to see where money can be stretched and invested in hopes of attracting more students.

"Some of the areas that are growth potentials for enrollment can be done hopefully with some soft money or with some very strategic management of the resources that we do have in place," said Weimer.

Tressel will be meeting with the board soon to discuss what issues are most imminent. He will also be attending a week long seminar for new presidents at the University of Harvard in July.

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