YSU Trustees to Meet Friday, Announcement Likely

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees this afternoon called for an emergency meeting tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. No reason was given for the meeting but all signs point to trustees voting to appoint Jim Tressel YSU's next president either tomorrow or Monday night.

In addition to Friday's emergency meeting, trustees announced that they will meet again Monday at 6 p.m.

The announcement of the meetings comes three hours after trustees, acting as the official presidential search committee, finished four hours of deliberations behind closed doors. They returned to their meeting room in Tod Hall and offered no comment. Dr. Sudershan K. Garg, chairman of the board, said neither he nor any member would speak to reporters about 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 Tressel is the trustees' choice. 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 met today at 2 p.m. in executive session. Back-channel communications have occurred between those familiar with the selection processes at both universities, sources confirm, and how all this plays out could become apparent soon.

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

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