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YSU's president-elect donates $100K to student scholarships

Published: Tue, March 16, 2010 @ 9:40 a.m.

Staff report



Cynthia Anderson

Cynthia Anderson, president-elect of Youngstown State University, will earn $350,000 in her first year on the job.

Scott Schulick, chairman of YSU’s board of trustees, announced that the board and Anderson have come to terms on a three-year contract. Her salary will be $350,000 in fiscal year 2011, $375,000 in 2012 and $400,000 in 2013.

Anderson, meanwhile, has donated $100,000 to fund scholarships for YSU students in memory of her parents.

“I was blessed with two wonderful parents who instilled in me many values,” Anderson said. “Hopefully, this scholarship fund will help to provide others with the opportunities and benefits, which I have had the privilege to have.”

Anderson’s contract also provides a vehicle, professional dues, travel entertainment and relocation expenses.

Vindicator files show that David C. Sweet, who is retiring after 10 year as president, earns about $300,000 annually.

Though previous YSU presidents also received an allowance for housing, Anderson’s contract calls for her to reside in housing provided by the university.

The board of trustees agreed earlier this year to renovate the Pollock House on Wick Avenue as the president’s residence. Renovations are expected to be finished by summer 2011.

With the gift, Anderson becomes a member of the YSU President’s Council comprised of individuals, corporations and foundations that have made major donations to the university.

Vice president for student affairs at the university for the past 15 years, Anderson established the Lawrence R. and Garnet P. Anderson Scholarship Fund after her father’s death in September 2000. Her mother died in 1991.

“I learned at an early age to be honest, to value hard work and that there was someone greater than all of us who would provide guidance and protection,” she said. “The value of education was also a constant in my life, instilled in me at a very early age.”

Anderson, who has served in a succession of faculty and administrative positions at YSU for 31 years, becomes the university’s seventh president July 1.

A recent study in the “Chronicle of Higher Education” revealed that the average salary for presidents at Ohio’s public comprehensive universities is $395,452.

YSU has more than 1,200 full-time employees, more than 14,000 students and an annual operating/capital fund budget of $220 million.

Anderson, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business education from YSU in 1973, said she is honored to commemorate her parents through the scholarship fund.

“When I graduated from high school, I was fortunate that my parents had set aside a college fund for me,” Anderson added.


1CandyfromCanfield(172 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Smooth move, Dr. Anderson! You inspire us every day to be better people, better employees, better students. You continue to show the kind of leadership that YSU has been longing for...keep up the good work!

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2northsideperson(366 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Pretty soon, someone will complain that YSU administrators earn too much, if they can give gifts this size to YSU.

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3studentmom(6 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

People can complain all they want. Dr. Anderson is a class act all the way! I personally can not wait until she begins the role of President. Everyone will see what GREAT leadership is all about. She will be fair and she will have the students best interests at heart.

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4Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Great start Dr. Anderson,..

She's immediately coming in bearing a vast difference from her predecessors,..

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5Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago


So what if they do,..

See there's always going to be complainers no matter what.

However, the distinction of determining the difference between an insignificant constant crier as opposed to an esteemed opinion.

Is distinguished by and found in what their complaint[s] is about. Which in regards to this those that would try to complain about Dr. Anderson's gesture would just be down right dumb.

One deed doesn't make her the best yet. But via this move she's certainly not on path to be as worthless as those before her.

Only thing I'm wondering is why there's not been any such effort by neither her nor anyone else with that much clout at the establishment.

To mount a concerted drive to campaign or solicit for financially aiding the YEC program.

That said with a respect that it's her money and position as president down there to do as she pleases.

For which she has no obligation to financially donate to neither scholarships nor the YEC program.

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6Ken(153 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Over the last seven years, my job has taken me to the YSU campus 2-3 times per week. I can truthfully say I have seen the morale improve among the students, faculty, administrators and other employees
since Dr. Anderson has been selected as the next president. According to many, she will be fair, honest, approachable and provide excellent leadership for YSU!

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7CandyfromCanfield(172 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Yes, Ken, you are accurate in your perception. The mood and morale have increased dramatically. I believe her leadership will be transformative.

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8bobhogue(102 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

What a wonderful gesture from our incoming president! I think YSU's future is becoming brighter and brighter these days.

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9bad(23 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

350,000 really? and everyone is ok with this? how about 100,000 a year and lower tuition for the kids.

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10Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago



If the operation is able to stay afloat with that amount of salary for the president. It's apparently within their means and there's no viable room to question it.

Granted it says something when a president position at a YSU garners $350,000 per year in salary. As opposed to the presidency of the United States caps out at only $487,000.

Sure lowering faculty, trustee and upper management salaries certainly would help with lowering admission cost. But it's to be noted and understood that curbing student costs has never been a value that YSU has ever had,.. EVER !!!

See YSU is an outfit where a band of buddies devised a way to tap into city, state and federal grants, stipends, abatement's and loans. Where those wanting to buy in launders money in the form of land / financial and or materials gifts to get some of their family and or friends in on the payout,..

However, last but not least in regards to protocol pertaining to the student body. The conflict of interest is YSU has always been so off the mark as explained. That by design, purpose and intent. In regards to " patrons " they've always had to get whomever and for however long they can to pay into what they're running down there.

That's the facts and It'd be unfair to Dr. Anderson to claim, cite or perceive her as either the founder, problem or the orchestrator of whats been established as has gone on for ages,.. likely from it's very beginning..

Note it's being reported that Dr. Anderson' donated $100,000 in the form of scholarship in order to aide admissions. Which has a need and is a non obligated gesture from her. To my knowledge none of her predecessors gave a dime back and merely perched to fleece from as far as there's been record of philanthropy,..

It matters not that no doubt Dr. Anderson is duly aware of the tax credit's she'll receive in return for her donation to the facility she's assumed the presidency of. Which mind you is certainly no conflict of interest,.. and who can blame Ms. Anderson for that?

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11bartender123(27 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Cronyism will plague her tenure as president. Just look at how she was selected by her long time friend Scott, Chairman of the BOT. No Ethics violations there, HUH!! Let’s see if Bertram goes after that huge salary as my tuition continues upward. God, can I make it one more year? Just recently, like two weeks ago, at a Boardman restaurant, Dr. A. and long time friend Donna were laughing it up. Donna received yet another lucrative contract from the president-elect at the tune of $82,400 performing the same job she retired from three years ago while collecting a pension. These public employees make me sick. Let’s review, 2010-82,400, 2009-80,000, 2008-67,800. She retired at a salary of $63,500. More of this will come as she promotes her close friends in Student Affairs.

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12UrbanWolff(10 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

As a former employee of Dr. Cyndy Anderson, I can say that she is a generous person by nature and her donation of $100,000 was motivated by a strong desire to give something back to YSU. This donation is consistent with the character and integrity Cyndy Anderson possesses .

Dr. Anderson had the ability to improve morale and re-energize the Division of Student Affairs during the 1990s and was an apt Associate Provost for Academic Planning prior to her appointment as VP for Student Affairs. Cyndy will do a lot to improve faculty/staff morale at YSU, which has suffered during the past 10 years.

I'm no longer employed at YSU (as I have moved on to another college in a different state and haven't spoken to Dr. Anderson in about 10 years), but have known Cyndy to be a highly ethical individual and a strong advocate for the YSU student population.

It is unfair to make personal attacks against Cyndy and those she has known, worked with and befriended for some 20+ years as a faculty member of the former CAST, the WCBA, and subsequent administrative capacities at YSU.

The YSU BOT is comprised of 9 members. The chair of the BOT alone could not 'force' the rest of the Board to accept his choice. The choice of Dr. Anderson as the next YSU President would have been a collective decision by the 9 members of the BOT and not made solely by the chair of the BOT. From my readings related to the presidential search, the search process was open and transparent, and the presidential search committee was comprised of faculty, staff, and students from throughout YSU.

YSU needs a strong administrator that has the ability to rally the campus around the collective goal of defining what the role of an urban research university in the 21st century is, and I have no doubt Cyndy Anderson will be move the campus forward towards those goals and objectives.

I wish Cyndy the best as the next President of YSU.

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