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Jim Tressel Lands A Spot on The University of Akron's List of Presidential Finalists


The University of Akron has narrowed their presidential search candidates down to three-- and there's a familiar name on the list.Jim Tressel, the campus' current executive vice president for student success and former Ohio State football coach, is one of the finalists.Akron's top potential candidates also include Ronald Nykiel, The University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, along with Scott Scarborough, current provost and executive vice president at The University of Toledo.Within the next two weeks, each candidate will spend a day on campus interviewing with administrators, trustees, faculty, and students.According to their application materials, all of the finalists have spent time in higher education. And as far as their own educational levels, Nykiel and Scarborough each hold a Ph.D., while Tressel holds a Master's Degree.Before heading to Akron, Tressel resigned his spot at OSU in 2011after an investigation surrounding a handful of the team's football players, and was barred by the NCAA from coaching at a collegiate level for five years.But Akron might not be the only school eying Tressel for their top spot. Earlier this month, Tressel also applied for Youngstown State University's presidency.The Akron Beacon Journal reportsYSU may be announcing their finalists this week.