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Sat Dec 2, 2023, 10:54 AM Dec 2023

I have to say something about GOP congressman Bill Johnson. [View all]

He was inexplicitly named president at Youngstown University during a behind closed door process. He's been an outspoken critic of LGBT and abortion rights. He considers colleges to be liberal breeding grounds. He toadys up to Trump at every opportunity.

When he ran for congress in 2000 against the great Charlie Wilson for a newly gerrymandered district, he campaigned on draining the DC swamp and better serving his constituents. He just loved America so much he only wanted to help. He just wanted to be a public servant.

I figured him then as a phony, pandering to yokels along the Ohio River who identified with his fake "ah shucks" personality. Sure enough, when offered a salary bump that nearly doubled his congressional pay, he jumped like a blood starved flea to serve at the school he loved so much he just wanted to serve, constituents be damned. It mattered little to him he had no experience in higher education.

Now we see donors fleeing and demanding they have their name removed from the university One couple is changing their multi million dollar will to exclude YSU. Bruce Zoldan alone canceled a $5mil donation. I'm sure this choice for president will affect future enrollment as well.
A man who claims to love YSU as much as he should politely withdraw his name to save the school, but when asked if he would back out, he sputtered that he has a signed contract and he WILL be president. Clearly he was signaling that he would sue the crap out of his beloved university for breach of contract if the school dared to back out.

Bill Johnson only cares about money. YSU can wither and die as long as his checks clear. One alumni in particular has him figured out:


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