Youngstown Mayor Visits Mount Union College

May 26, 2010

Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams was on the Mount Union College campus yesterday for a reception and discussion session, hosted by the Center for Public Service.

Mayor Williams' visit provided students, faculty and community leaders with the opportunity to meet with an area government official and public servant who is truly making a difference.

'We were ecstatic to have Mayor Williams on campus and to have him share with the students his life story and motivation to become a public servant,' said Dr. Ronald 'Eric' Matthews, Jr., Director of the Center for Public Service. 'He is truly an inspiration and it was an honor for the students to have the opportunity to meet with him one-on-one, ask questions and learn from his experiences. He brings a wealth of knowledge and is very engaging and personable.'

Williams is the first African American mayor of Youngstown as well the city's first mayor to be elected as an Independent. He also served his community as a banker and at the Federal Reserve before being named the Director of Economic Development for the City of Youngstown.

'He has made tremendous strides in a positive direction for Youngstown and is only 34 years of age,' added Matthews.

The Center for Public Service has plans to host 'An Evening with Congressman Ralph Regula' in mid-January as well as Steve Largo, a national Principal of the Year finalist from the state of Florida.

For more information about these events, contact Dr. Matthews at

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