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R.I., Ky., Pa. candidates finalists for YSU president

Published: 4/16/13 @ 06:33


The search committee for a new Youngstown State University president recommended the chief financial officer of the Rhode Island School of design; the president of a Kentucky university and the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs of the Pennsylvania System of Higher Education as finalists for YSU president.

The 17-member committee presented its recommendations to YSU trustees at a meeting.

Cynthia E. Anderson, president since 2010, is retiring June 30 at the end of her current contract.

The finalists are William R. Decatur, CFO and treasurer of the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence; Randy Dunn, president of Murray State University in Murray, Ky; and James D. Moran III, vice chancellor, Harrisburg, Pa.

Each of them is to visit campus either late this month or in early May, meeting with different groups.

Trustees expect to vote on the new president — YSU's eighth by the June board meeting.


Posted by Spiderlegs (anonymous) on April 16, 2013 at 9:11 p.m.

Dunn is a good finalist. He has a history of working with faculty, which will be important in a highly contentious place like YSU. He has an excellent record of fund raising, which YSU needs. He also acts out of a sense of ethics and fairness, even to the point that he will cross his board. I'm trying to find something wrong about this nomination, but I can't.

Can't comment on the other two.