Jon Gordon – August 3rd – 8:30 AM
Best Selling Author and Keynote Speaker
Jon Gordon’s best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, MLB coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals and non-profits. He is the author of numerous books including The Energy Bus, Soup, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp and The Carpenter. Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Atlanta Falcons, LA Clippers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Campbell Soup, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual, Publix, Southwest Airlines, Bayer, West Pointe Academy and more.
Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams.
Jim Tressel – August 4th – 8:15 AM
Jim Tressel became the ninth president of Youngstown State University on July 1, 2014. A native of Northeast Ohio, Tressel graduated from Berea High School in suburban Cleveland in 1971. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1975 and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Akron in 1977. He also received honorary degrees from YSU in 2001 and Baldwin-Wallace in 2003.
He previously was executive vice president for Student Success at the University of Akron, where he was charged with restructuring and leading the efforts of a newly created division dedicated to the academic and career success of students. Tressel’s areas of responsibility included recruitment and admissions, financial aid and career services, advising and adult/transfer services, the military services center and multicultural academic programs. He spent a great deal of time in the Northeast Ohio region, emphasizing the need for top-notch higher education, innovation and collaboration.
Prior to joining the University of Akron, Tressel was head football coach at Ohio State University from 2001 to 2010, where his teams won the national championship in 2002 and seven Big Ten championships and appeared in eight BCS post-season bowl games. As head football coach at YSU from 1986 to 2000, Tressel’s teams won four Division I-AA national championships. He also was executive director of Athletics at YSU from 1994 to 2000.
Andy Culp, Superintendent – August 3rd – 12:40 PM
Grandview Heights Schools
Andy Culp is entering his third year as Superintendent of Grandview Heights Schools. He spent 16 years serving the New Albany Plain Local School District as an elementary teacher, middle school teacher and guidance counselor, and as assistant principal and principal of New Albany Middle School. He was then selected by Marysville Schools to serve as Assistant Superintendent for two years.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Culp is a graduate of Upper Arlington High School. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Miami University in 1990. He earned his Masters of Education and an Administrative License from the Ohio State University in 1997 and 2000, respectively. He has also completed coursework in the Doctoral Program at Ohio University.
Mr. Culp is married to Debbie Culp, who is a counselor with Syntero Counseling, and together they are the proud parents of three active boys, Jackson, Benjamin, and Maxwell.
Mr. Culp has a passion for teaching and learning and the research behind best practices and pedagogy. He is especially passionate about grading practices and assessment strategies that maximize learning for all.