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Tressel's first day as acting President at YSU

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Jim Tressel's contract does not officially take effect until July 1st, but the new Youngstown State President is stepping in as acting President while the interim President is on vacation.

Tressel said every extra day of experience helps him feel more prepared.

"That's why, really from the time I was named, I took every vacation day I had at Akron here because I needed to learn all I could possibly learn and there was no way July 1st could be my first day," Tressel said."

Tressel takes over as President at a time when state funding has been continually cut, tuition has been continually rising, and the budget for the University is just over 2% less than last year's. That means 15 non-teaching jobs are being cut, and 43 vacancies won't be filled. But Tressel, it seems, has never run away from a challenge.

"Obviously, you have to face the realities. We have budget issues that we have to confront and I don't know them line and verse right now. But we've got a lot of strategic planning to do, so that we hit this next academic year heading in the direction we'd like to go," Tressel said.

The former National Championship Football coach at YSU and Ohio State will also be working through contract negotiations with YSU Unions. He realizes things have been tense. So, Tressel hopes to get a strategy in place, and an initial vision for the University that both sides can live with and work towards.

"Both sides want the same thing. They want to be able to do the best thing for our students, and they want to be able to be treated fairly," Tressel said.

The bottom line according to Tressel, is that anyone who has worked with him knows he'll work hard, he's open to suggestions, and he feels listening is a critical component when it comes to communication.

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