YSU president’s first year posed many challenges


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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