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Youngstown State University

Youngstown State University, founded in 1908, is an urban research university located in Youngstown, Ohio, United States. As of fall 2010, there were 15,194 students and a student-faculty ratio of 19:1.


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The university's origins trace back to 1908, when the local branch of the YMCA established a school of law within the Youngstown Association School. In 1921, the school became known as the Youngstown Institute of Technology and offered its first evening courses. In 1928, a year after establishing the College of Arts and Sciences, the institute once again changed its name to Youngstown College. In 1955, Youngstown College was renamed as Youngstown University, an indication of the school's broadening curriculum.(note: A private for profit Youngstown College was formed in 1987 and had no affiliation with YSU. The college closed its doors in mid 2000 due to financial issues.) On September 1, 1967, after becoming a public institution, Youngstown University became officially known as Youngstown State University. The following spring, YSU opened a Graduate School and College of Applied Science and Technology. In 1974, the College of Fine and Performing Arts was established. Presidents Howard W. Jones (1931�1966) Albert L. Pugsley (1966�1973) John J. Coffelt (1973�1984) Neil D. Humphrey (1984�1992) Leslie H. Cochran (1992�2000) David C. Sweet (2000�2010) Cynthia Anderson (2010�2013) Randy Dunn (2013-2014) Ikram Khiwaja (interim) (2014) Jim Tressel (2014 - )

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Youngstown State University�an urban research university�emphasizes a creative, integrated approach to education, scholarship, and service. The University places students at its center; leads in the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge; advances civic, scientific, and technological development; and fosters collaboration to enrich the region and the world. The University: Creates diverse educational experiences that develop ethical, intellectually curious students who are invested in their communities; Provides access to a broad range of undergraduate programs; Offers graduate programs in selected areas of excellence, including those that meet the needs of the region; Supports economic development through applied learning and research; Integrates teaching and learning, scholarship, and civic engagement; Fosters understanding of diversity, sustainability, and global perspectives; and Advances the intellectual and cultural life of the city, region, and world.



Tony Aiello, former National Football League player, Brooklyn Tigers and Detroit Lions Cynthia Anderson, first female president of Youngstown State University Thomas Bopp, astronomer; co-discoverer of Comet Hale-Bopp Al Campana, former National Football League running back, Chicago Bears Billy Clapper, college basketball head coach, Penn State Altoona Craig Cotton, former National Football League tight end, Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions Mark Dailey, Canadian newscaster for Citytv Bob Davie, former Notre Dame football coach, current ESPN commentator Lorenzo Davis, former National Football League wide reviver, Pittsburgh Steelers Pat DiCesare, entrepreneur and rock and roll promoter Dave Dravecky, former Major League Baseball pitcher, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants Sloko Gill, former National Football League center, Detroit Lions Ralph Goldston, former National Football League running back, Philadelphia Eagles John Goode, former National Football League tight end, Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Cardinals Linda Gooden, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin (Ranked 33rd Most Powerful Businesswomen of 2010) Brad Hennessey, former Major League Baseball pitcher, Baltimore Orioles and Houston Astros Jermain Hopkins was a Captain of the YSU football team who was shot and killed defending teammates(has a scholarship in his name)(school hall of fame) Philip Larmon, Arena Football Player 2005-2006, Co-Producer of "Magic Valley" an Official 2011 Tribeca Film Festival selection and "Ass Backwards". Nanette Lepore, noted fashion designer Evelyn G. Lowery, American Civil Rights Movement activist and leader; marched in the historic Selma to Montgomery March Quentin Lowry, Former National Football League linebacker, Washington Redskins Ron Jaworski, former National Football League quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles, color commentator for ESPN Monday Night Football Tim Johnson, former National Football League linebacker, Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders Bobby Jones, former National Football League wide receiver, New York Jets and Cleveland Browns Donald Jones, National Football League wide receiver for the New England Patriots Nathaniel R. Jones, former judge U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Sean Jones, jazz recording artist, lead trumpeter for Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Rich Kasunic, Pennsylvania State Senator JJ Kincaid, afternoon DJ on Z100 WHTZ Don Leshnock, Former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers Mark Mangino, college football head coach, formerly at the University of Kansas Riyad Mansour, Permanent Representative to the United Nations from Palestine Vince Marrow, former National Football League tight end, Buffalo Bills Marcus Mason, professional football player, National Football League running back, Washington Redskins Ed McGlasson, former National Football League center, New York Jets, Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants Christopher Moriarty, Emmy winning television production engineer Martin Moore, scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory known for his pioneering work on novel polymers Ben Neill, composer, performer, inventor of the mutantrumpet Ed O'Neill, actor, most famous as Al Bundy on Married With Children and Jay Pritchett on Modern Family. Ron Parise, NASA astronaut, STS-35 and STS-37 Amit Patel, cardiothoracic surgeon and world pioneer of stem cell therapy for heart failure. Frank Pokorny, former National Football League wide receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers Carmen Policy, National Football League executive, San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns Milan Puskar, founder of Fortune 500 company Mylan Laboratories Matt Quinn, former ABC News reporter Ed Rosenthal, author and noted criminal defendant (did not graduate) Brandian Ross, professional football player, National Football League cornerback, Green Bay Packers Leslie H. Sabo Jr., Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient (did not graduate). Chris Sainato, Pennsylvania state representative Cliff Stoudt, former National Football League quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis Cardinals, Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins Russell Stuvaints, former National Football League defensive back, Pittsburgh Steelers Justin Thomas, Major League Baseball relief pitcher James Traficant, former US Congressman Sonny Vaccaro, founder of ABCD Basketball Camp. Marketing executive for Nike, Reebok and Adidas Jeff Wilkins, professional football player, record-setting NFL kicker of the St. Louis Rams Jay Williams, currently appointed presidential cabinet position in the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers, by President Barack Obama, former mayor, city of Youngstown



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