YSU President Will Recommend Pintar for Provost

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown State University President Bill Johnson will recommend Jennifer Pintar for provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Johnson’s recommendation will go to university trustees. Pintar, formerly vice provost for academic administration and student outreach support and associate provost for academic administration, has been serving as interim provost since January.

Johnson expressed his confidence in Pintar’s ability to lead YSU’s academic affairs, stating, “Her demonstrated leadership over the last five months as interim provost has demonstrated that she is absolutely the right person to lead our office of Academic Affairs into an exciting and dynamic future.”

The YSU Board of Trustees will receive Johnson’s recommendation during its June 7 quarterly board meeting.

Pintar’s YSU tenure began in 1999 as an instructor in human performance and exercise science. She advanced through the faculty ranks, eventually serving as professor and chairperson of the human performance and exercise science department before moving into administration. 

Johnson also expressed his gratitude to the search committee and the university community for their efforts throughout the selection process. 

“I want to thank Dr. Amy Cossentino, who led our search committee, along with all the members of the search committee for their hard work and dedication in filtering through dozens of very highly qualified candidates throughout the process,” he said. “I also want to thank those who participated in our constituent interviews and campus tours of the top three candidates for their candid and thoughtful feedback, including members of our board of trustees, students, faculty, staff and members of the administration. This information definitely helped me make an informed decision about who should lead YSU’s academic interests moving forward, and I am convinced that Dr. Jennifer Pintar is that leader.”

Pintar earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in exercise physiology, as well as an M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a B.S. in biology from Washington and Jefferson College.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.