Office of the President

President Jim Tressel

James P. Tressel became the ninth president of Youngstown State University in 2014 and has been busy moving the campus forward on many fronts ever since.

Under President Tressel’s leadership, enrollment increased for the first time in five years, the academic quality of freshmen classes has continued upward, student retention is up and the university has solidly focused on student success - graduating on time, with little or no debt and with a job. In addition, the university is hitting record fund-raising levels, keeping the lid on tuition costs, expanding scholarship opportunities and increasing both university and private housing options across campus.

Prior to becoming YSU president, Tressel was executive vice president for Student Success at the University of Akron, head football coach at Ohio State University (winning the national championship in 2002) and head football coach and executive director of Intercollegiate Athletics at YSU (winning four national championships).


YSU Board of Trustees

The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees are selected by the Governor of Ohio and appointed to 9 year terms. The board consists of 11 members, two of which are student members. There also are two national/global trustees on the board.


YSU News

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YSU DPT Deemed "Program Of The Year"
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association has named YSU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy as the 2021 Program of the Year.
YSU DPT students Gabrielle Wagner, Macy Debevec and Evan Urrutia with the OPTA DPT Program...

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Legacy Scholarships Awarded To Five YSU Students

Five Youngstown State University students who are the children of YSU graduates have been awarded $1,000 Alumni Society Legacy Scholarships
Five Youngstown State University students who are the children of YSU graduates have been awarded...

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YSU Is Partner in Tech Initiative

YSU Is Partner in Tech Initiative To Grow Jobs, Bolster Supply Chain
A partnership between Youngstown State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the National Center...


Past Presidents of YSU

YSU has had eight past presidents. Find out more information on the presidents who have served the University since 1935.