Incoming YSU president Bill Johnson will live on campus despite purchase of Canfield Twp. condo
After being named the incoming Youngstown State University President in late November, US Congressman Bill Johnson said he would live in the Pollock House on Wick Avenue after taking office in March.
Johnson also recently purchased a condominium on Championship Court in Canfield Township, with the transfer of ownership filed on the Mahoning County Auditor's site Monday.
Johnson's communications director and senior advisor, Benjamin Keeler, told 21 News that the condo purchase was in the works well before the congressman was appointed as the university's next president on November 22.
Keeler said the Johnson was looking to move from his current home near Marietta to the Canfield Township condo, stating that Mahoning County is the most populous region of the Johnson's Ohio 6th congressional district, covering 11 counties in part or whole from Mahoning County south to Marietta, along the Pennsylvania and West Virginia borders.
Keeler said the purchase would now be an investment property purchase, and Johnson intends to live in the Pollock House in Youngstown when he starts his new role on March 15.
According to the auditor's site, Johnson's purchase of the 2,874 square-foot condominium was filed on Dec. 18, paying $562,000 for the home, which was built in 2018.
Johnson would not be the first YSU president to have a second residence in the region.
When Jim Tressel was selected as YSU president in 2014, he had previously built a home in Medina County two years prior during his time with the University of Akron.
Johnson will take over as YSU's 10th university president, replacing interim university president Dr. Helen Lafferty, who has filled in since Tressel left the position in February.