Jim Tressel among finalists for president's job at Akron, Youngstown State

Ohio State ex-coach Tressel among 3 finalists to lead University of Akron, where he works now

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AKRON, Ohio — Former Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel is among three finalists in the University of Akron’s search for a new president.

Mr. Tressel also applied to be president at Youngstown State University, where he previously coached. He is among the finalists there for the president's position.

Tressel has been an administrator at Akron for two years. He took the job after being forced out at Ohio State following a scandal in which his players sold memorabilia for cash and tattoos.

A campus email Tuesday from Akron trustees said the finalists include provosts from two other schools — Scott Scarborough of the University of Toledo and Ronald Nykiel of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Trustees say each finalist will spend one day next week interviewing with advisory groups. The school’s current president, Luis Proenza is leaving his position in June.

Youngstown State trustees interviewed candidates over the weekend and announced their short list on Monday. The other finalists are Southern Oregon University President Mary Cullinan and Gary L. Miller, chancellor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

The three will visit the northeast Ohio campus next week. Trustees expect to make their choice next month.

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