By Denise Dick
Eight candidates for Youngstown State University president — including one of the finalists from the 2010 search — will be interviewed next week before the list is narrowed to those who will visit campus.
The 17-member search committee will interview the candidates, narrowed from the 57 applicants, April 12 and 13 at a hotel near the Pittsburgh International Airport.
From there, the list will be whittled to from three to five finalists who will visit campus beginning late this month. The board of trustees hopes to vote on the next president — YSU’s eighth — by June.
Cynthia E. Anderson, president since 2010, will retire July 1. Her 2013 salary is $400,000.
The eight semifinalists include two attorneys, three Ph.Ds, two doctors of education and a doctor of science. Although none is working in Ohio, two formerly had positions at Ohio universities, including one at YSU.
Dr. Sudershan Garg, chairman of the trustees, said the consultant from AGB Search of Washington, D.C., the search firm assisting in the presidential search, divided applicants into two sections — one that the consultant believed would be a good fit for YSU and the other he believed wouldn’t.
Some search committee members considered candidates from both lists while others concentrated on just the list suggested by the consultant.
Committee members then gave points to candidates based on qualifications and characteristics.
“If any individual received more than 8 [points], a majority ... they were immediately accepted,” Dr. Garg said.
For those who got less than the majority, the person or people who supported them had the opportunity to explain why they believed that candidate should be included. Those who didn’t vote for those candidates then had the opportunity to tell why they believed the candidate wasn’t the right person for the job, Dr. Garg said.
One of the eight, C. Jack Maynard, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, was a finalist in 2010.
Maynard also was a finalist for the Slippery Rock University president last year. That university chose Cheryl Norton, who also was a finalist for YSU president in 2010.
Another semifinalist, James E. McCollum, an attorney, is acting president of Millersville University of Pennsylvania and previously was executive director of the Inter-University Council of Ohio. From 1985 until 1996, he worked in various positions at YSU including assistant to the president.
William R. Decatur, who also has a law degree, works as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. He previously served as senior vice president for finance and administration at Ohio University and was a senior officer at the University of Toledo. He also was a finalist in 2010 for chief financial officer at the University of Akron.
Gerard Voland, who has a Ph.D., is the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Michigan-Flint. He was a finalist in 2008 for the YSU provost and vice president for academic affairs job. Ikram Khawaja was appointed to that post.
Randy Dunn, who has a doctorate in education, is the president of Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and formerly served as state superintendent for the Illinois Department of Education. Last month, the Murray State Board of Regents voted not to renew Dunn’s contract that expires next year. The decision has met opposition from Murray State’s Faculty Senate and Staff Congress.
Dunn had been a finalist last year for the presidential post at Missouri State University but withdrew.
Stacey Franklin Jones, the only woman and only minority semifinalist, has a doctorate of science and is corporate development senior adviser for Protech Global Solutions and DirectViz Solutions, both in Virginia. She had served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md.
James D. Moran III, who has a Ph.D., is vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education in Harrisburg. He previously served as interim president at Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pa.
John F. Schwaller, who has a Ph.D., is president of the State University of New York at Potsdam in Potsdam, N.Y.