YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Trustees at Youngstown State University voted Friday to offer the president's job to former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, who started his college coaching career there.
In picking the school's next leader, trustees chose the 61-year-old Tressel over the president of Southern Oregon University and the chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
SOU President Mary Cullinan announced last week that she was a finalist for the job in Ohio.
Tressel became a popular figure in the area while coaching Youngstown State's football team from 1986 to 2000, a run that included four Division I-AA national titles, and serving as the Penguins' athletic director for part of that time. He has been an administrator at the University of Akron for two years.
The Youngstown State appointment won't be official until a contract is signed, school spokesman Ron Cole said. The board chairman and vice chairman were authorized to begin negotiations.
— Associated Press