Youngstown-area leaders react to Tressel’s hiring

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Politicians and business leaders alike, say Jim Tressel’s return to Youngstown State University will help spur the economy.

“The impact that Youngstown’s going to have on the region is going to go to the next level,” Congressman Tim Ryan said. “You can feel the buzz in the community.”

Ryan was a driving force behind getting Tressel back to YSU. He says now that the board has decided to bring Tressel on as the next president, it will send out a strong message to the public.

“Now see that Jim Tressel wants to be in Youngstown and wants to play a role in its comeback and that sends a signal to all of the people who have left that it’s a vibrant, exciting community where there is a lot,” Ryan said.

The news, exciting for most. Especially for those who have experienced Tressel’s leadership first hand.

“What I learned from him and many of the guys that played under him is you’re only as good as your team, so I would think he’s going to go out, he’s going to assess everything and going to put together a great team and he’s going to be the leader of that team,” YSU football alum Jeff Wilkins said.

Tressel said earlier in a tweet that his return will be all about student success. Now, the biggest concern is turning the atmosphere around on campus, especially after recent controversy with the changes of leadership.

“Life is about turning lemons into lemonade. And i think we’ve really turned this situation that really spread chaos throughout the campus and really turned it into something that’s transformational for the community,” Ryan said.

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