YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Former Youngstown State University football coach Jim Tressel has applied to become the university’s next president.
YSU Communications Director Ron Cole confirmed Friday afternoon that Tressel sent an application to the search firm. The deadline for applications is Monday.
Tressel has worked since 2012 as executive vice president for student success at the University of Akron. He also has applied to be president there, as current President Luis Proenza is retiring in June.
The university is looking to replace Randy Dunn, who announced in February that he was leaving after seven months on the job. Dunn is going to be president at the University of Southern Illinois.
Tressel released a statement through the University of Akron. He said he is respectful of the presidential search process under way at both Youngstown State University and the University of Akron.
“I feel grateful that people from both university communities have expressed interest in my application. Both university communities are a very meaningful part of my professional history. I believe it’s appropriate that I not comment any further during this part of the process,” Tressel’s statement said.
Community leaders have been encouraging Tressel to apply for months.
One of those that led the charge for hiring Tressel was Valley Congressman Tim Ryan, who said he was pleased to learn that Tressel applied.
“Because of the departure of Dr. Dunn, YSU faces a unique situation, and I believe Jim Tressel would provide the kind of leadership needed by a major university. I urge both Youngstown State and the University of Akron to seriously consider his candidacy. It is vitally important for us to keep someone with his talent, experience and leadership skills in Northeast Ohio,” Ryan said in a statement.