Interviews to begin for YSU president

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — The list of 37 people who applied to be Youngstown State University’s next president likely will be cut down considerably by Wednesday.

The YSU Board of Trustees and presidential search advisory committee met again Tuesday night for about three hours in executive session. The committee pared down that list of candidates into two groups: An “A list” of six candidates, with three or four others on the “B list.”

University spokesman Ron Cole said if someone on the “A list” drops out of the running, someone from the “B list” will be moved over to take their place.

The board wants to conduct Skype interviews with the six top candidates starting this Saturday. Cole said that short list won’t be released until they can contact all the candidates.

“And our hope is that by tomorrow, maybe Thursday, that all those candidates will have been notified and cleared that they are now on a shorter list and we will then at that point make that list public,” Cole said prior to Tuesday’s meeting. “We need to go through a process of contacting the individuals that will be on this shorter list, making sure they are going to remain candidates, that they in fact are still interested. And we feel it’s important to go through that process before we put that list out there.”

Of the applicants interviewed on Saturday, three or four candidates will be selected for in-person interviews and will be in the running for president of YSU.

Cole said the news that Jim Tressel was named one of three finalists for the University of Akron president’s job does not change the search and selection process happening at YSU. The board still hopes to have three or four finalists visit campus next month and have a new president in place as early as the end of May, but their contract won’t begin until July 1.

Dr. Randy Dunn resigned in February, after just seven months on the job, to become president at Southern Illinois University. His last day was March 21. Provost Ikram Khawaja is serving as interim president. He is retiring June 30.

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