YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – While students were moving into their dormitories, Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel was giving his last State of the University address.

Much of the focus of Wednesday’s talk was on enrollment.

“Anything we can do to enhance enrollment is what it’s all about,” Tressel said.

“Everyone is competing for the same group of students, and the pie is getting a little smaller, and the opportunities are getting a little bit wider,” Tressel said.

Tressel said the number of students attending a regional four-institution continues to drop, and YSU needs to work to keep people in class.

“The impact that YSU has in this region, I don’t know if anybody could ever fill it, and so we gotta make sure we sustain it. We do it well,” Tressel said.

As for the future, Tressel said plans are in place to renovate Kilcawley Center, which serves as a student center space on campus.

“I think our students deserve different types of spaces than they needed perhaps in 1964, and so our people have studied it. Now what we have to figure out is how we can afford it,” he said.

Tressel also talked about the university’s faculty and the efforts to keep them at YSU.

“When you have great, talented people who work hard, who love this place, we want to find a way to compensate them as well as we can,” he said.

As far as Tressel’s successes at YSU, he feels the Excellence Training Center and PenguinPulse were some of his biggest accomplishments this past year.

According to YSU’s website, PenguinPulse aims to increase community engagement with the use of a newsletter as a source of campus communication for community engagement and partnerships.

The Excellence Training Center in Kohli Hall is a workforce education, innovation and research center focused on advanced manufacturing. Career pathways include traditional and non-traditional certifications and industry-recognized credentials offered in areas such as manual and CNC machining, industrial maintenance, robotics, automation and additive manufacturing.

President Tressel spoke about other challenges and goals for this coming year. You can watch the full State of the University address below:

Chelsea Simeon contributed to this report.