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YSU president’s first year posed many challenges



Published: Sat, August 20, 2011 @ 4:39 p.m.

Youngstown

Cynthia Anderson’s first year as Youngstown State University’s president saw creation of a strategic plan, deep cuts to higher education, budget troubles and now, labor problems.

“Probably she’s the ideal president for the time,” said Sudershan Garg, chairman of the YSU board of trustees. “Everyone is a hero when times are good. You’re really tested when times are tough.”

Anderson was sworn in last July as YSU’s first woman president, first Mahoning Valley native and first YSU alumna to be president. She previously served as vice president for student affairs and as a university professor.

Read more in Sunday’s Vindicator, and on Vindy.com, about the challenges of her first year at the helm of YSU.


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1Attis(910 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Anderson, who consumes more tax payer money than any person at YSU (and perhaps the whole valley), supported SB5 and continues to do so, a law that outlaws college faculty unions She rejected the fact-finder's report and, as a result, set the stage for a faculty strike. And just yesterday, she refused to disperse student financial aid as contractually required. Ideal President?! She makes folks yearn for the totally dysfunctional presidency of her predecessor.

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2valleyred(1099 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Attis, she also makes less than the average for every college President in Ohio.

And you are completely false on the financial aid statement. Don't spew lies if you don't know the facts. They were informed by the U.S. Dept. of Education that they cannot disburse the funds. If you don't believe it, then ask the OEA because they know it to be true as well. The memo was forwarded onto them, despite their statement immediately after which they doubted the administration's remarks.

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3AtownAugie(706 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Every new college president is told by the outgoing president that there are three numbered envelopes in the top desk drawer, and to open and follow the instructions of each envelope each time there is a crisis. Instructions in the first envelope: "Blame the previous administration." In the second: "Blame the faculty." And in the third: "Prepare three envelopes."

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