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Friday, May 9, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Jim Tressel has accepted Youngstown State University's offer to become its next president and has agreed in principle to the terms of his employment, said Dr. Sudershan K. Garg, chairman of the board of trustees.  "He was very happy and gracious," Garg told reporters. Tressel was called this morning while trustees met behind closed doors. When they returned from executive session, the board voted unanimously to select Tressel. He is expected to begin his new job July 1. A formal employment contract still must be executed. Here is the full text of...

Friday, May 9, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13, who led the public charge for Jim Tressel to be appointed president of Youngstown State University, says his selection this morning by the board of trustees "is a great day for the Mahoning Valley and northeast Ohio" and should send a signal to those who have left the area that now is the time to return. “This is a new beginning for our university; a time for revitalization and renewal at Youngstown State and the broader community," he said. "The challenges are many, but with our collective intellect, creativity and...

Friday, May 9, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- At this hour, the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees is meeting behind closed doors to discuss whom they will select as the school's next president. Trustees convened an emergency meeting at 7:30 and immediately went into executive session. Reporters are camped out in the trustees meeting room in Tod Hall where a podium has been set up, apparently to facilitate questions from reporters once the executive session concludes. All indications point to Jim Tressel being selected by the board, which has also scheduled a meeting for Monday at...

Friday, May 9, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Two Mahoning County commissioners favor scrapping the current membership of the Western Reserve Port Authority’s board of directors, and the third commissioner wants to at least replace some of them. As of their meeting Thursday, the three Mahoning County commissioners – Carol Rimedio-Righetti, David Ditzler and Anthony Traficanti – had not heard from county Prosecutor Paul Gains regarding their options for taking action. The commissioners, who are responsible for appointing half of the eight members of the port authority’s board of directors, are...

Friday, May 9, 2014

Author:  Stacia Erdos WARREN, Ohio -- A father-and-son team in northeastern Ohio is looking to the TechBelt Energy Innovation Center in Warren to help them launch a new product that they say could revolutionize how we drive when spring arrives. The roads, more resistant to the ravages of winter, would have far fewer potholes. The primary ingredient in their product? Recycled tires. “When you put rubber in roads, it makes [the surface] more flexible where it doesn’t crack,” explains the company’s CEO, Hari Chandra. Chandra and his...

Friday, May 9, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Stoneridge Inc. Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $1.5 million, or 5 cents per diluted share. This compares with net income of $4.1 million, or 15 cents per diluted share, the same quarter a year ago. The decrease in net income was attributed to lower sales by the company's PST business segment across all of its product lines sold in Brazil and a $1.6 million unfavorable currency loss in Brazil, which was caused by a devaluation of the Argentine peso compared with the Brazilian real, most of which occurred in January. "As a result of PST's...

Friday, May 9, 2014

YOUNGTSTOWN, Ohio -- The Butler Institute of American Art will host a free reception for family day activities as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ Art Museum DayMay 18. This will coincide with International Museum Day. Last year, the Butler -- along with more than 170 other AAMD member museums across North America -- participated in Art Museum Day, which emphasizes the essential role that art museums play in their communities, highlights the value of the visual arts in society, and provides new opportunities for audiences to participate in the wide-...

Friday, May 9, 2014

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13 Ohio, offered his congratulations Thursday to Dr. Scott L. Scarborough, who was named president of the University of Akron (READ STORY). Ryan, whose district includes parts of the Mahoning Valley and the Akron area, led the effort to encourage Jim Tressel, the former head football coach at Youngstown State University and Ohio State University, to seek the presidency at YSU. Tressel was also a candidate for the University of Akron post. A decision on the YSU position is anticipated this morning (READ STORY) with all signs pointing to Tressel getting the...

Thursday, May 8, 2014

AKRON, Ohio -- The University of Akron Board of Trustees today voted unanimously to name Scott L. Scarborough, PhD, the 16th president of the university. In so doing, they passed over Jim Tressel, who is expected to be named president of Youngstsown State University as early as Friday morning (READ STORY). Noting Scarborough's impressive credentials and his extensive experience in the management of all aspects of higher education, including complex financial matters, the chairman of the trustees' board, Richard W. Pogue stated: “Dr. Scarborough clearly shares our...

Thursday, May 8, 2014

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...

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