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YSU President Anderson to retire

Published: Mon, December 17, 2012 @ 11:12 a.m.



YOUNGSTOWN — Dr. Cynthia Anderson, president of Youngstown State University, will retire July 1, ending a four-decade-long career with the university.

In July 2010, she became the university's first woman president, first Youngstown native and first YSU graduate to assume the presidency in the university¹s 104-year history.

"It has been a distinct honor and privelege – and a dream come true – to serve my beloved alma mater as president over the past 2 1/2 years," Anderson said in announcing the move. She informed the president of the YSU Board of Trustees of her decision Wednesday.

"Together we have accomplished much during very challenging times. I am certain that the university will continue to flourish in the years to come," she added.

Dr. Anderson has served in numerous positions at the university, including professor and 15 years as vice president for student affairs.

"Dr. Anderson has been an incredible leader and tireless advocate for our students," said Sudershan Garg, chairman of the YSU Board of Trustees.

"Over the course of nearly four decades, her commitment to the university, its students, employees and community are unquestioned. Her leadership has made a positive difference, and her enthusiasm will be missed."

The board of trustees will begin an immediate search for Anderson's successor, Garg said in a news release from the university.

"For nearly 40 years, Youngstown State University has been my home, and you have all been my family," Anderson said in a memo to campus personnel. "It is because of you that YSU has been such a success, and for that, I thank all of you."

For details, see today's print edition of The Vindicator.


1UNCOMMONSENSE(626 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

What a waste of time and money. Hired in 2010 and retires after 3 years.

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2Spiderlegs(161 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I would like to know more. Changes may come to YSU due to the reallocation of state funds, and it seems like the big money is flowing to athletics, not academics. Is she foreshadowing potential turmoil at YSU, or is this just a personal matter?

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3DwightK(1537 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Does this mean the renovation on that house will come to a stop?

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4valleyred(1103 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

First off gdog, it is obvious you have no clue what you are talking about,

1. The YSU Board of Trustees voted to name Dr. Cynthia Anderson President in 2010.

2. She began as President in July 2010.

3. Governor Kasich beat Governor Strickland in November 2010 and took office in January 2011.

Thus, trying to blame Kasich for the Anderson hiring is pretty pathetic of you. And it will be too bad when he is reflected in 2014 because he is doing a terrific job cleaning up Taft and Strickland's messes.

4. Have you not driven by the Wick Pollock over the past month or two??? The renovations on that mansion appear to be done.

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5RoddAC(102 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Just listen to you people. Dr. Anderson served YSU for 40 years. That's quite a lengthy service and she deserves to retire. She is well liked by staff and students at YSU and has done many wonderful and productive things for the university. Wick Pollock is the President's residence...not just for Dr. Anderson. I think the renovation of that historic structure really adds to the Wick Avenue are and has now returned to a beautiful home. Nothing good to say? Too bad because there are good things to be said about Dr. Anderson and YSU. Best of all to Dr. Anderson and may her legacy continue with a new President!

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6stormrider(1 comment)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

And they spelled privilege wrong...in an article centering on Education...

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7WhatRUAfraidOf(85 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Stormrider, that misspelling is just another feather in the cap of the illustrious Vindicator ;-P!

Seriously, though, although I like Dr. Anderson, it's really a shame that she should retire after such a short time in her position. It is very expensive to hire upper-level management in any organization. Still, with recent changes in OPERS, I know quite a few people who are now retiring who were not planning to before the changes.

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