English: Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and Ohio State coach Jim Tressel talk on the field before their teams played on November 14, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It seems Jim Tressel, a finalist in the presidential race at the University of Akron, is rather over his days as Ohio State's head coach. This is attributed to the speech he gave at an open forum in the University where he stated his vision for the institution.
It is difficult to tell whether Jim Tressel's remarks during the forum reflected the views of a contender campaigning for the position of a president or a football coach. In his opening remarks, he incorporated the need for university students doing their best academically as well as socially, while maintaining a balance in both to attract more students to the university.
Jim Tressel has acted as the vice president of Strategic engagement since 2012 in Rubber city. Afterwards, he was promoted to Executive vice president for student success. Under this docket, Jim Tressel was responsible for academic advising, the Career Center, financial aid, Adult Student Enrollment Center among others.
Jim Tressel also spoke of the importance of the University beyond academics. He advocated for an economic revival in the region and stated that the university was responsible for ensuring that the economy of Akron is improved. It is clear that Jim Tressel is not only interested in the academic gain but an overall improvement in his hometown.
Although Jim Tressel is the only finalist in Akron presidential race who does not hold a Ph.D. he is no doubt a frontrunner in the race. This is mainly because of his visibility and his fundraising abilities. While it is too early to say who is likely to be the winner, it is clear that Jim Tressel is a force to reckon with during these elections. This was reflected in the quote on Albert Einstein, which he used in his campaign "Concern for man and his fate must form the chief interest of all our technical endeavors,"