Sat. 11:22 p.m.: Jim Tressel, Year One
COMING SUNDAY: Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel has been at the institution’s helm for just more than a year now. It’s been a year reeling in new students, navigating struggles for agreement between the administration and staff, and angling toward a promising future.
Tressel arrived with a great deal of fanfare. Well-known individuals called for him to fill the vacancy left by seven-month President Randy Dunn before he was even considered a candidate.
In May 2014, the board of trustees hired the former national championship football coach for both YSU and The Ohio State University, who then was executive vice president for student success at the University of Akron. He was also a finalist to be Akron’s university president.
His first official day was July 1. When he met with a Tribune Chronicle reporter a month later to lay out his plans for his inaugural year, he said his focus was tri-fold: He wanted to look at student success; the university’s research capabilities; and a comprehensive approach to education from preschool to college.
“I think that continues to be the main things, but I’d stick one thing in above all the rest, and that’s that we have to work hard to create a culture of community,” he said.
The Sunday Tribune Chronicle takes a look at Tressel’s successes and challenges over his first year.