Former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel is one step closer to becoming a university president.

Tressel is one of three finalists for the University of Akron's presidency, according to multiple reports. He was originally among 19 men and women being considered for the position, which sitting president Luis Proenza exits on June 15.

The other two candidates are said to be Ronald A. Nykiel, provost of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Scott L. Scarborough, provost of the University of Toledo.

All three finalists will meet with administration, faculty, students and the public. Tressel, who currently serves as the university's executive vice president of student success, will have an open forum Thursday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the UA Student Union Theatre, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.