YSU presidency controversy

Loyalty lacking in face of ‘unique opportunity’


Mr. Dunn abandoned YSU for a unique opportunity.

A unique opportunity for whom?

He gave his word. He bested his opponents for the YSU president’s job. As soon as he was offered more money in his hometown, his self-interest trumped his promises to the YSU community.

Was loyalty and a commitment to one’s word ever in our history predominant in a person’s character?

I think of other examples of individuals with ”unique opportunities”: Art Modell, LeBron James, Benedict Arnold, and all the others that left our area for their own “unique opportunities.”

Thoreau said we should do all we can do to improve our own gardens rather than seek beauty in other places.

Maybe we should promote from within instead of spending $110,000 to search for a leader with no more loyalty than a pole dancer. (The students and their parents pay this). Maybe we should look for new trustees who aren’t taken in by a “good personality” and who are OK with “Well, he has a unique opportunity.”

Maybe we should revamp our education system to make honor and loyalty our first priority rather than technical skills. Maybe then it will even catch on to our political and business leaders who would find diverting tax dollars from hurricane relief or promoting business harmful to consumers and our environment as not a unique opportunity for personal gain but repugnant to the values we should have.

Phillip S. Arbie


Tressel’s record should end pursuit


Wasn’t Jim Tressel fired by The Ohio State University for lying to NCAA investigators, university administrators, and for trying to cover up “Tattoo-Gate?”

Now, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, 31 business and community leaders, and the Trumbull County commissioners want the YSU board of trustees to hire Jim Tressel to be the next president of Youngstown State University. Compounding matters further, one of the business / community leaders, Sam Covelli, along with his father, were convicted for income tax evasion.

The YSU Board of Trustees right now have egg on their faces with the resignation of Dr. Randy Dunn, and the YSU Board of Trustees will have more egg on their faces should they hire Jim Tressel.

The number one question that should be on the minds of Dr. Sudershan Garg, Harry Meshel, et al, is do we, the YSU Board of Trustees, really want to hire a gifted “liar” to be the next president of Youngstown State University?

John S. Luchansky