Jim Tressel has applied for the vacant president’s job at Youngstown State University, the second such position for which he’s applied.
The University of Akron last month released a list of 19 applicants for its soon-to-be-open president’s job, and Tressel was among them. Tressel, 61, was promoted to executive vice president at the University of Akron in December, his third promotion in 19 months since starting work there.
In a statement released through Youngstown State on Friday, Tressel said: "I am respectful of the presidential search process underway at both Youngstown State University and The University of Akron. Both University communities are a very meaningful part of my professional history. I feel grateful that people from both University communities have expressed interest in my application. I believe it’s appropriate that I not comment any further during this part of the process."
Tressel was Youngstown State’s head football coach from 1986-2000, taking the Penguins from 2-9 in his first season to three Div. I-AA national championships before leaving for Ohio State. He was the Ohio State coach for 10 years, winning a national championship in 2002, before he was forced out in May 2011 in the aftermath of a memorabilia scandal.
In a January radio interview in Columbus, Tressel said he was at a moment in his life, "Where there are a lot of things swirling around," with University of Akron president Luis Proenza retiring and the football coaching carousel then in full swing.
Tressel did not end up accepting a football job. Proenza officially exits Akron on June 15.
Youngstown State has been searching for a successor for Dr. Randy Dunn, who resigned after just seven months on the job. Tressel, who was also director of athletics for six years at YSU, does not hold a doctorate degree but figures to have plenty of support for the Youngstown job from local business and community leaders.