University of Akron passes on Tressel


Tribune Chronicle

The University of Akron Board of Trustees named the number two person at the University of Toledo, Scott Scarborough, as the 16th president of UA – one of the two schools where Jim Tressel was a presidential finalist.

Tressel remains in the mix to become the next president of Youngstown State University, where he coached the Penguin football team to four national championships before he went on to win another at The Ohio State University, where scandal forced his exit.

He’s among three candidates competing to replace former President Randy Dunn, who served a short seven months at YSU before jettisoning to Southern Illinois University.

The other finalists are Mary Cullinan, president of Southern Oregon University, and Gary L. Miller, chancellor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Tressel is vice president of Student Success at the University of Akron.

All three this week visited YSU and met with students and faculty and community leaders.

The YSU Board of Trustees scheduled an emergency meeting for 7:30 a.m. today and a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday. The meetings were called before UA streamed their announcement live Thursday afternoon.

The YSU Presidential Search Advisory Committee met Thursday, but ended the meeting without an announcement.

Tressel is a favorite of political and community leaders in Trumbull and Mahoning counties. He’s also got the backing of the YSU faculty union leaders, who issued a statement Wednesday supportive of him as the candidate ”who will continue to build and nourish our efforts to establish an environment of trust, transparency and open collaboration.”

He also is being championed by a variety of business leaders and politicians, including Congressman Timothy J. Ryan, D-Howland.

Tressel’s forced exit at OSU came after a scandal in which players sold memorabilia for cash and tattoos.

Scarborough will replace UA President Luis Proenza when he steps down in July. He will earn a base salary of $450,000 and also is eligible for an annual performance bonus of up to $80,000.

During the last two years at UT, Scarborough has been provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, which had him serving as the chief academic officer and operating officer.