YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Jim Tressel is stepping down as president of Youngstown Condition University and will retire in February, the university announced Wednesday evening via an e-mail letter to students, team and college.

Tressel has served as YSU president for 8 years.

“It is with an abundance of gratitude and thankfulness that Ellen and I prepare to step aside as President and First Girl of our beloved YSU, helpful February 1, 2023,” Tressel’s letter begins. “It has been genuinely a blessing and labor of appreciate to serve Youngstown Point out College in a range of capacities, and we will go on to do so, in whatever fashion that the YSU Board of Trustees sees fit.”

YSU Board Chair John Jakubek claimed information relating to a system to establish Tressel’s successor will be introduced as they turn into readily available.

“The YSU Board of Trustees extends our deepest gratitude and appreciation to President Tressel and 1st Lady Ellen for their many years of company to Youngstown Condition College, the Mahoning Valley location and the full condition of Ohio, Jakubek explained in a well prepared assertion. “The Tressels’ contributions of time and treasure are immeasurable and will be felt throughout the region for a long time and a long time to come. We desire them perfectly.”

Trustees are scheduled to meet up with this early morning. At its conclusion, Tressel is anticipated to acquire concerns from area reporters.

Through Tressel’s time at YSU, the college observed enrollment improves, an enhancement in tutorial high-quality and far better scholar retention fees. 

In praising Tressel’s management, Gov. Mike DeWine pointed out that “he is typically referred to as a champion, and he has embodied that time period in his leadership as president of Youngstown Condition College. Not only has he championed the trigger of YSU, but he has been a champion for the Mahoning Valley, a champion for investing in Ohio’s workforce and furthering economic improvement via university partnerships, and a winner for higher education and learning throughout Ohio.”

A native of Northeast Ohio, Tressel very first came to YSU in 1986 as head football coach. In 15 many years, which include 6 as executive director of Intercollegiate Athletics, YSU won four nationwide championships. In 2001, Tressel still left YSU to turn into head soccer coach at Ohio State College. In 10 seasons, he guided the Buckeyes to the 2002 National Championship and seven Big 10 Championships.

Immediately after leaving Ohio State and immediately after a limited stint as govt vice president for student accomplishment at the College of Akron, Tressel returned to Youngstown to turn into YSU’s ninth president.

Ellen Tressel is a YSU graduate and an completed businesswoman and philanthropist engaged in charitable causes and group corporations. She began her personal fiscal job in her family’s enterprise in Youngstown and served 17 many years at Butler, Wick and Co.

Here is the remaining text of Tressel’s letter to the university neighborhood:

“Nearly sixty (60) yrs in the past, I landed a task to produce newspapers for the Cleveland Plain Supplier…seven mornings for every 7 days. This was appropriate training for a profession in educating, coaching and administration to observe, as I have used the final forty-7 (47) a long time in Higher Education positions, doing work seven days for every 7 days. I are unable to thank my relatives enough for enabling my timetable, and the requires of our University,  to acquire precedence and center phase. It is now only honest to have Ellen, our fantastic children and grandchildren, prolonged spouse and children, pals, and previous college students set the schedule.

“I am so grateful to our students, college, staff, YSU Board of Trustees, and YSU Basis, as perfectly as the entire Mahoning Valley, as you have ALL been affected person and type as I have learned on the career. I am specifically happy of our remarkable increase in the graduation fee, numbers of graduates, fundraising bucks, and the actual physical transformation of our beautiful campus and metropolis. It has been a blessing to serve alongside so several people today that enjoy and think in the effects and relevance of YSU.

“I prepare to work seven times a 7 days for the future seven months to aid our transformation and be certain that we genuinely “Take Charge of Our Future”. These are exceptionally demanding situations in Greater Schooling and in our world as a whole even so, the prospects are numerous, and jointly we will continue on to make fantastic issues transpire.

“Education is the vital to our foreseeable future, and I seem forward to continuing our powerful partnership in the academic and business communities. Our learners and our future leaders are the keys to NE Ohio, the Buckeye State, and our good country.

“Go YSU!

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