YSU President Search Narrowed to Three

Three candidates have been chosen for on-campus interviews as Youngstown State University’s Board of Trustees searches for a replacement for university president Dr. Cynthia Anderson, who will retire July 1 after three years in the position.

Anderson had worked in a variety of positions at YSU since 1979.

The 17-member YSU Presidential Search Advisory Committee had whittled the original pool of approximately 60 candidates to eight, seven men and one woman, who were interviewed last week in Pittsburgh.

The three finalists are:

  • Randy Dunn, who holds a doctorate in education and is currently president of Murray State University in Kentucky. He also was the former state superintendent for the Illinois Department of Education.
  • Attorney William Decatur, who is currently executive vice president and CFO at Rhode Island School of Design. He previously served as senior vice president for finance and administration at Ohio University.
  • James Moran III, Ph.D., vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

They will be invited to visit the campus during the week of April 28 to May 5. None of the three finalists have any ties to Youngstown or YSU.

“It’s good to find an outsider who can look at the university and see what changes he or she can make,” said YSU Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Sudershan Garg.

He said the  search committee and the board both think any of the candidates will be a good choice and will help the university move forward.

“I want to congratulate and thank the committee for a job well done,” Garg said in a news release. “We believe we have a highly qualified contingent of final candidates and we look forward to them coming to Youngstown, visiting campus and meeting the people of the university and the community.”

Trustees hope to select the next president no later than the Board of Trustees meeting on June 12.

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