YSU hires same presidential search firm

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees on Wednesday hired a consultant to help search for the next president of the university.

It’s the same firm they used to hire Dr. Randy Dunn, who tendered his resignation last week after seven months on the job.

YSU trustees agreed to once again go with AGB Search Inc. of Washington D.C. Last year, YSU paid a $65,000 professional fee to the firm.

As part of its contract with the university, AGB agreed to search for Dunn’s replacement for no additional fee since Dunn resigned within 12 months of his start date.

The board did not appoint an interim president on Wednesday since Dunn’s resignation does not take effect until Aug. 16.  Provost Dr. Ikram Khawaja would be next in line, but YSU Trustees Chairman Dr. Sudershan Garg said he’s out of the country until March 15 and will retire from the university June 30.

“We are running a parallel search for Dr. Khawaja’s position, but the provost position will be filled only after the president is selected,” Garg said.

Garg also weighed in on the public push to hire former YSU and Ohio State University head football Jim Tressel as president.

“I would hope that Jim Tressel will apply for the presidency, but he has to apply for it,” the chairman said.

YSU still will have to pay to bring candidates to town for interviews.

Garg said he hopes they can do so for less than $60,000 and have the position filled by June 30. He said he hasn’t yet spoken to Dunn about him leaving before his 180-day resignation notice is up Aug. 16.

“If he tells me tomorrow that he’s ready to move on, we will find a solution for it,” Garg said.

Garg said if they need to hire an interim president, they would use AGB Search Inc. for that as well. But the interim search isn’t part of the previous contract, and would come with a $15,000 professional fee.

“I think the community is mad, the board is not happy, but we have to run the university and we do need a person to run the university,” Garg said.

The university issued a news release about hiring AGB. 

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