The Youngstown State Board of Trustees will be receiving a national award for leadership.

The board was selected by for the John W. Nason Award from the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. According to the press release, the honor is given to boards for leadership and iniative.

“The YSU Board of Trustees has played an indispensable role in ensuring the sustainability of this institution going forward, and as a result a bright future for YSU’s many beneficiaries,” said Andrew Lounder, programs director at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. 

The award was announced at the board meeting on Thursday in Tod Hall. YSU was selected from about 40 nominations and will receive the award on April 14 in Orlando. 

“The progress we’ve made and the successes we’ve achieved are a reflection of the talent and determination of thousands of dedicated faculty, staff, students, alumni and others who are committed to building a future for the university that is based on fiscal integrity, shared governance and institutional effectiveness,” said board member Dee Crawford. 

According to the press release, YSU’s nomination reflects on hiring President Jim Tressel, eliminating a $10 million structural budget deficit, launching a $100 million fundraising campaign, committing to the importance of academic excellence and creating a new strategic plan for the university.