YSU Trustees Emerge from Meeting, Offer No Clues

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- After deliberating for four hours behind closed doors about who they want to be the next president of Youngstown State University, members of the school's board of trustees, acting as the presidential search committee,  returned to their meeting room in Tod Hall shortly after noon today.

Dr. Sudershan K. Garg, chairman of the board, said neither he nor any member would comment on what transpired during the executive session, including whether any decision was made.

Reporters were camped out at the meeting room, hoping that trustees would offer some indication of whom they will name the next president.

Multiple sources confirm that Jim Tressel is likely to be offered the position. But before anything is made public, all three finalists -- Tressel, Gary Miller and Mary Cullinan -- must be contacted, and general terms of employment will be agreed upon if one of these three accepts the position.

The University of Akron Board of Trustees meets at 2 p.m. in executive session. Back-channel communications have occurred between those familiar with the selection processes of both universities, sources confirm, and how all this plays out could become apparent soon, they speculate.

Tressel, the vice president for student success at UA, is also a finalist to become its next president.

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