YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Youngstown State University President Dr. Randy Dunn turned in his resignation to the YSU Board of Trustees during a two-and-a-half hour long executive session on Monday.
His resignation will take effect Aug. 16.
Dunn said since he is terminating his three-year contract as YSU president, it is his duty and obligation to give the Board of Trustees 180 days notice before leaving to take the same job at Southern Illinois University.
“For many who love this university, there’s a feeling that I’ve left them hanging, and I do apologize for that, but in terms of fulfilling a responsibility to the University, I look forward to these next six months,” Dunn said during a press conference after Monday’s trustees meeting.
Dunn will be compensated for the next 180 days, or less, if the board decides to let him go before then. Dunn will only be paid for his days worked and nothing more.
Trustee chairman Dr. Sudershan Garg admits this reflects poorly on the university, but still feels they hired the right guy.
“Six or seven months ago, we had thought we had chosen the best individual and now we feel that because we chose the best guy, he has been stolen by someone else,” Garg said.
Dunn said he never actually applied for the SIU job. He told reporters his former employer reached out to him once in the fall and again before the holidays, but Dunn turned them away because he and his wife Rhonda had just moved here.
Dunn worked at SIU from 1995 to 2004 before becoming the superintendent of education for the Illinois State Board of Education.
“After the first of the year, there was again another contact and the search consultant essentially indicated that he had been given the charge by that board to have me come talk to them,” Dunn said.
Dunn called this a once in a lifetime opportunity that he couldn’t have foreseen when he started the job at YSU in July.
Dr. Garg said it will take four to six months to find a replacement for Dr. Dunn.
It cost YSU about $108,000 to conduct the search that led them to hire Dunn. He will make $460,000 a year as president of SIU, which is about $55,000 more than his $375,000 annual salary at YSU.