Breakfast and picnic planned for Tressel’s first day

Tressel YSU president

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Jim Tressel officially begins his three-year term as the ninth president of Youngstown State University on Tuesday.

From 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., Tressel and his wife Ellen will host a breakfast for faculty and administrators. Then at noon, a cookout is scheduled for students. At 3 p.m., the Tressels will meet with several YSU boards.

Tressel replaces Randy Dunn who left after only seven months to take a position at Southern Illinois University.

Because of the vacation and retirement of Interim President and Provost Ikram Khawja, Tressel spent most of June as “acting” President. He said university trustees still need to establish a clear vision for the future, which has been lacking in the recent past.

In the months ahead, Tressel and other university officials will have to deal with hiring a new provost as well as ironing out contracts with different unions and budget cuts.

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