One more year

YSU President Jim Tressel signs contract

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees and President Jim Tressel agreed Thursday to extend Tressel’s contract for another year, through June 2020.

“By every measure, President Tressel has excelled in leading YSU over the past four years,” Trustee Chair Dee Crawford stated in a news release. “His vision and determination have resulted in unprecedented gains in many important areas of the university’s operations. We look forward to continuing that momentum.”

Tressel extended thanks and called for more work to be done.

“While challenges remain, we are committed to further advancing the university on behalf of our students and the community,” Tressel said.

Tressel was named YSU’s ninth president in 2014. The extended pact includes no pay increase. His annual salary will remain at $300,000.

According to a statement released by the university, YSU’s full-time equivalent enrollment has increased for three consecutive academic years, freshmen enrollment is up 31 percent from four years ago and Honors College enrollments have more than tripled, all under Tressel’s leadership.

Freshman class standardized test scores and grade point averages are among the highest in the university’s history. Residence halls are at capacity, as are two privately-financed student apartment complexes that have opened on campus in the last three years. In addition, a new Barnes & Noble student bookstore and Starbucks cafe have opened on campus, a new campus student health center will open next year and Wick Avenue (a major campus thoroughfare) has undergone significant upgrades.

A structural deficit in the university’s operating budget was corrected, Standard & Poor’s upgraded the university’s bond rating to A-plus, and the historic $100 million “We See Tomorrow” fundraising campaign has surpassed the $80 million mark. In addition, the university recently earned full re-accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, and YSU faculty and staff earned a nine-year high in research and service grants.

Before serving as YSU president, Tressel spent two years as executive vice president for Student Success at the University of Akron. He previously was head football coach at The Ohio State University and also at YSU. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education.