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YSU President Anderson to retire



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

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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.


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1UNCOMMONSENSE(360 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

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

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2gdog4766(1465 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

She was the wrong person for the job. Kasich simply needed someone willing to do his bidding. Increases in tuition and fees, cuts in salaries and benefits for all workers but her staff who received raises. And the debacle of the 4.5 million spent on the wick pollock inn are just some of the things she could have handled better.

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3DwightK(1250 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

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

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4valleyred(1097 comments)posted 1 year, 8 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(88 comments)posted 1 year, 8 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 1 year, 8 months ago

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

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7ysuwin(57 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

gdog4766 is a moron.

Talk about people spreading hate, just to spread hate.

"Increases in tuition and fees, cuts in salaries and benefits for all workers"

What was she supposed to do? State funding for YSU was slashed every single year. I agree tuition spikes aren't the way to go, but the public unions at YSU make it impossible to cut the fat off the staffing. I believe she should have cut jobs of the non essential YSU employees (unnecessary secretaries). But she didn't have that option.

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8WhatRUAfraidOf(85 comments)posted 1 year, 8 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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9maxi(72 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm sorry to hear the news of Dr. Anderson's retirement but very happy for her. After 40 years, she's earned her retirement.

I found her to be genuine, engaging, and sincere. Lots of integrity.

She was a president that was out and among the students. She was where they were. She was a role model for my daughter.

All the best Dr. Anderson. And thank you.

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10theguins(167 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

WhatRU is correct regarding to the OPERS and STRS changes coming in 2014. There will be many retirements statewide coming within the year. Best wishes on your upcoming retirement!

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11gdog4766(1465 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

I post, go to work, come home and see one illiterate idiot and one lackey have been at work. I'm going to deal with them separately. First, valley red I never said Kasich appointed her anywhere in my posting. You obviously don't have a strong grasp of the English language in print. Second, not one dime of my tax dollars even if bonds should have ever been spent on that Inn.
Now for this lackey psycophant ysuwin. I'm sure if I pursues your ISP it would end ysu.edu. She never stood up for,her students against these cuts, never. For the short time SB5 was in she forced concession contracts on employees while stating she was,going to stay neutral. Then LIED and said you and your other nonunion types would voluntarily give concession and take days off. None of which you or your pals have done. The only changes that have occurred at YSU under her have been state mandated, There are some people you idiots shouldn't take trips down memory lane with.

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12dumpers(1 comment)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Follow the money in this scam. Need three answers: 1) how much is she being paid for the three years, 2) how much money is in her exit package, and 3) what is the difference in her annual pension payout between retiring three years ago and retiring next July?
The Board is fully responsible for being a poor financial steward. Each and every one of them should resign.

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