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Public relations director at YSU to resign post



Published: Fri, June 22, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



The public relations director's departure is the latest in a string of administrative changes at YSU.

By RON COLE

VINDICATOR EDUCATION WRITER

YOUNGSTOWN -- Linda Lewis, hired nearly five years ago to lead Youngstown State University's public relations efforts, will leave the university next week.

Lewis has accepted a job as director of communications and planning for the Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio in Columbus.

"I really like this community," Lewis said about Youngstown. "Truthfully, it is difficult leaving it. I think the people who have lived here don't realize the potential and the real quality of life."

Lewis, who previously worked in public relations for the West Virginia University Foundation, was hired by former YSU President Leslie Cochran in October 1996. Cochran left a year ago and was replaced by Dr. David Sweet.

"Change is inevitable," Lewis said about the decision to find another job. "We can't expect things to always stay the same, and this has presented to me a wonderful opportunity."

Lewis is the second top YSU staff member to resign in the last month.

Going to W.Va.: Bassam Deeb, executive director of enrollment management, will become vice president of student affairs at West Liberty State College in Wheeling, W.Va. His last day at YSU is July 6.

Deeb's and Lewis' departures are the latest in a string of administrative changes since Sweet took the helm in July 2000.

Provost James Scanlon left in February to become president of Missouri Western State College. Sweet is expected to name a new provost as early as next week.

Also in February, Sweet removed the heads of YSU's financial aid, recruitment and registration offices in a quest to boost enrollment.

New officials: Earlier this month, Sweet hired Terry R. Ondreyka as YSU's new chief financial officer. Ondreyka previously was associate vice president for finance at West Virginia University.

YSU also is searching for a new executive director of human resources and labor relations and a new executive director of intercollegiate athletics.

Sweet also plans to soon launch searches for dean vacancies in arts and sciences as well as education.




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