WARREN - Trumbull County commissioners have joined the chorus of those asking the board of trustees at Youngstown State University to consider hiring former YSU and The Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel as the school's next president.
The three - Frank Fuda, Paul Heltzel and Dan Polivka - sent a letter to the board Thursday.
''It is unlikely that you will find a candidate with a better understanding of the Mahoning Valley, its organizations and institutions and more importantly, its student student body and faculty,'' the letter states.
''Not only is Jim Tressel a household name throughout Ohio, he has a following because of his ability to lead and inspire people he comes in contact with. His love of YSU and commitment is demonstrated by his $1 million donation to YSU several years ago. Will any of your prospects demonstrate that kind of commitment and allegiance to YSU?'' the letter states.
On Wednesday, a large group of union, business and community leaders, including U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, sent a letter to YSU trustees expressing support for Tressel to succeed outgoing president Randy Dunn, who's taken the president's job at Southern Illinois University.
Hired in July, Dunn's departure was not expected. His resignation is effective Aug. 16, but if YSU names his successor before that, Dunn will leave.
Tressel has not responded to requests from comment other than one published report that he is happy with his job at the University of Akron.
Eileen Korey, associate vice president and chief of communication officer for the University of Akron, stated in a email that Tressel is ''extremely busy and focused'' in his job as executive vice president of student success for the school. In that capacity, Tressel ''leads strategic campaigns to attract, recruit and ensure the success of our students,'' she wrote.
''It would be inappropriate for me or for him to comment on any outside inquires at this time,'' Korey wrote.