The Valley could find out Tuesday if Congressman Bill Johnson will fill the seat of Youngstown State University President left vacant with the retirement of Jim Tressel earlier this year.

The University Board of Trustees announced last week that members voted to offer the job to Johnson, a Republican who has represented Ohio’s Sixth District since 2011 and was re-elected earlier this month.

Trustees will conduct a special meeting at 2 p.m., Tuesday in the Board Meeting Room to consider and possibly act on the presidential search. The meeting will be followed by a news conference in the University Relations Conference room, on the first floor of Tod Hall.

When the board voted to offer the presidency to Johnson, it also gave authorization for negotiations to reach an employment agreement with Johnson.

When trustees announced the offer to Johnson, board chair Michael Peterson called the congressman “a strong, innovative, servant leader.”

The announcement has been met with opposition from some students, faculty, and alumni due to what some claim was a lack of transparency in the search process, his politically conservative views, as well as what some see as a lack of background in the field of education.

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