Former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel was named the next president of Youngstown State University, the school announced Friday.
Tressel was a finalist for the presidency at Akron, but that job went to Scott Scarborough, provost at the University of Toledo.
The appointment is not final until the contract terms are reached, according to the school.
Tressel succeeds Randy Dunn, who left the school in March to become president of Southern Illinois University.
“After fully examining each and every candidate and reviewing the input from hundreds of individuals across the campus and the community, the Board of Trustees believes Mr. Tressel is the right individual at the right time to lead Youngstown State University,” board Chair Sudershan Garg. “Mr. Tressel has the personality and leadership skills, in addition to widespread community support, to dramatically raise YSU’s profile and prominence across Ohio and the nation.”
Tressel was the head football coach at Youngstown State from 1986 to 2000 and won four Division I-AA national championships.
Tressel, 61, resigned in 2011 as Ohio State head coach after an NCAA investigation into rules violations at the school during the prior 2010 season. The school was forced to vacate victories from the 2010 season, including the team's Sugar Bowl victory over Arkansas. ELLIS: Post-spring 2014 Heisman Watch: An early look at this season’s potential field