Congressman Tim Ryan Statement of Congratulations to Jim Tressel on Being Named YSU's 9th President

May 9, 2014 Issues: Education

Congressman Tim Ryan issued the following statement today in response to Jim Tressel being named the 9th President of Youngstown State University:

“This is a great day for The Mahoning Valley and northeast Ohio. I am happy to congratulate Jim Tressel on his selection as President of Youngstown State University. He is the right leader to guide YSU through the challenging times ahead. I couldn’t be more proud of the YSU Board of Trustees for their leadership. They have conducted themselves with professionalism, integrity and the boldness that this situation required.

“This was a community-wide effort in which Democrats and Republicans, business and labor came together to change the trajectory of our communities future. This is another chapter in how, by coming together, we are writing the great comeback story of the Mahoning Valley.

“This is a new beginning for our university; a time for revitalization and renewal at Youngstown State and the broader community. The challenges are many, but with our collective intellect, creativity and determination, we will meet these challenges and transform our region.

“Make no mistake, the biggest beneficiary of this decision is the student body at YSU. They will reap the benefits of President Tressel's leadership both on campus and with increased opportunities in the local economy.

“Finally, to the Mahoning Valley diaspora, now that Coach Tress has chosen to return it should signal to you that this is a vibrant and exciting place to be. It is a much different community than the one you left. This is truly an exciting time, but there is still more to do—and we need everyone to be involved. Join us.”