Jim Tressel one of three finalists for University of Akron presidency


 Jim Tressel

Jim Tressel, current executive vice president for student success1 at the University of Akron, is one of three finalists for president, the university announced on Tuesday afternoon. The other two finalists are Ronald A. Nykiel, provost of University of Maryland Eastern Shore and former dean of business of Husson University; and Scott L. Scarborough, provost of the University of Toledo and former executive vice president for finance and administration of DePaul University.

All three finalists will will reportedly spend a day interviewing on campus with faculty, staff, students and community leaders. Each finalist will also appear at a public forum with Tressel scheduled to meet with campus groups on May 1. While at Akron, Tressel taught a “Principles of Coaching” class wherein Martin Rickman, friend of WFNY, sat in to absorb all of the genius.

Tressel, former Ohio State University football coach, is also a candidate for president at Youngstown State University.

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  1. I still can’t believe this is a real title. []
  • Garry_Owen

    Listen, I love Jim Tressel, but if he’s named as university president, you know it has absolutely nothing to do with his qualifications and everything to do with cold hard cash. Not saying that this is necessarily wrong – raising money is one of the chief jobs of all university presidents, but it would seem so transparent as to make even naming 3 finalists a mere superficiality.

  • FearTheRoo

    Well to be fair the other two candidates are even less qualified for the job. University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Husson University, and Toledo?

    I hope it’s just a formality and that UA had planned on Tressel taking over all along.

  • Garry_Owen

    I completely agree. It just seems like amateur hour at UofA.

    “Hey, you know and I know that we all want the Vest to be the next president, and it’s going to happen, but how do we go about this in a way that makes it appear to make sense? Let’s find a couple of schlubs* and throw their names out, too. We’re brilliant! Now, lets’ see those greenbacks start rolling in . . .”

    [* I’m sure Messrs. Nykiel and Scarborough are not “schlubs.” I’m not even sure I know what a “schlub” is. I just needed a word to support my strawman that the administration is comprised of a bunch of schlubs.]