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Sun Dec 31, 2023, 11:39 AM Dec 2023

Epic betrayal by Ohio leadership as Youngstown State trustees install MAGA doofus Bill Johnson as next Pres.

An opinion piece from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

We sane people in the Mahoning Valley are still reeling over this terrible so-called “leadership” choice being foisted upon us. Youngstown State is a big deal here, one of our major employers and one of the best things about our community (or, it USED to be). Johnson has already vowed in interviews to tackle “liberal indoctrination” in public education. Someone who has never been involved in education his entire life….

By Brent Larkin, cleveland.com

CLEVELAND -- Nowhere in Ohio is the political assault on higher education inflicting more harm than in the Mahoning Valley.

But hurting higher ed seems precisely what’s intended. With the support of Gov. Mike DeWine, the Youngstown State University board of trustees has offered the university’s presidency to U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, who has never spent a day working in education, at any level.

Johnson, a seven-term Republican from Marietta whose district includes much of the Mahoning Valley, has said he plans to resign from Congress and accept the YSU board’s offer to start in March. He would replace Jim Tressel, best known as a football coach but who came to the YSU presidency after spending more than two years as an executive vice president at the University of Akron.

Johnson’s nondescript congressional resume includes one item for which he will be forever remembered -- trafficking in the most destructive falsehood in the history of American politics, the bald-faced lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump. More specifically, Johnson voted against certifying the election results in some states, citing “credible allegations of election fraud.”


Fred Flintstone would have been a more enlightened choice.

If the Ohio State University board had hired someone so woefully unqualified, the board would be drawn and quartered on the Statehouse lawn and Les Wexner would close the school, pending the hiring of someone with real-life experience in higher ed.

But when the Youngstown State board makes the very same colossal blunder, the governor of Ohio says it’s a good hire.


The eight trustees who voted for him knew Johnson did not possess necessary academic qualifications to lead a four-year public university,” said de Souza. “That’s why they shrouded the selection process in secrecy. Johnson is a right-wing politician with ideas that are a threat to the LGBTQ community, immigrants and academic freedom.”

And the governor of Ohio and eight stooges on the Youngstown State University board of trustees are just fine with that.


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Epic betrayal by Ohio leadership as Youngstown State trustees install MAGA doofus Bill Johnson as next Pres. (Original Post) Diamond_Dog Dec 2023 OP
How disgusting! I hope he'll find the job so unsatisfying that he'll quit. CaliforniaPeggy Dec 2023 #1
It's nice to dream, but why would he quit? Diamond_Dog Dec 2023 #6
This reeks... GiqueCee Dec 2023 #2
Like New College in Florida Easterncedar Dec 2023 #3
Well that sucks hermetic Dec 2023 #4
It's all a big gift for him! Or should I say grift! Diamond_Dog Dec 2023 #5


(32,869 posts)
6. It's nice to dream, but why would he quit?
Sun Dec 31, 2023, 04:35 PM
Dec 2023

He’s getting over double in salary what he makes as a Congressman (taxpayer provided, of course), a big house to live in, a car, a staff, insurance, utilities, etc. all paid for! He can sit behind a desk and do nothing for three years other than spout his hatred for gays and immigrants, and he’s got it made. It makes my blood boil!


(977 posts)
2. This reeks...
Sun Dec 31, 2023, 01:13 PM
Dec 2023

... of Steve Bannon's "FLOOD THE ZONE" strategy. Conservatives are utterly devoid of honor, honesty, or even the remotest nanoparticle of common human decency. They detest education because education teaches people to think critically, and critical thinkers overwhelmingly tend toward liberal beliefs, actions, and policies. Oh, and let's not forget truth, which is something that conservatives REALLY abhor.
Those on the Dark Side of the Aisle are attacking on all sides at once, making an effective defense difficult.
But not impossible.We cannot let these people continue to control the narrative. And a holier-than-thou disdain for beating them at their own game is not helping anyone... except the Bannons of the world. But we have something on our side that they don't: Truth. Use it, or lose it.


(32,869 posts)
5. It's all a big gift for him! Or should I say grift!
Sun Dec 31, 2023, 04:30 PM
Dec 2023

He can do absolutely nothing for 3 years and still rake in over double his salary as a Congressman (taxpayer provided, of course) plus get a house to live in, a car, a staff, his utilities paid, etc. it makes my blood boil!

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