YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown State University President Dr. Randy Dunn is defending his decision to leave YSU and head to Southern Illinois University.
Dunn has come under fire over the last few days after reports surfaced over the weekend that he was a contender for the president’s position at SIU. The news was confirmed Monday when the SIU Board of Trustees announced they had selected Dunn to fill the position.
The news was not only shocking to the YSU community but also to the board of trustees.
Dunn said he didn’t inform the board of his intentions because SIU wanted their search for a new president to be “closed and fully confidential.”
“In terms of feeling that I’ve done something to breach the contract or not fulfill my obligation to this board, I don’t have a feeling that I’ve done anything of that nature,” Dunn said during a press conference Monday evening.
Dunn submitted his resignation during a special meeting Monday of the YSU Board of Trustees. His last day will be Aug. 16.
“I understand it’s a tough hit for this university,” said Dunn. “This is no reflection on the community, the university. There are good days ahead for YSU and this board knows it and I think the community, after the initial shock recedes, will see that too. The university will move forward; I have no concern about that.”
Dunn will leave YSU after serving a little more than a year on his three-year contract. But his announcement came just seven months after he was installed.
YSU Board Chair Sudershan Garg said trustees will meet in the next few days to put a plan in place to identify Dunn’s successor.