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YSU presidential search hits fast track

Published: Tue, April 22, 2014 @ 12:15 a.m.



By Denise Dick



Youngstown State University’s hunt for its ninth president is on the fast track.

The Presidential Search Committee expects to narrow the list of 37 applicants for university president at a meeting today. The committee, composed of university trustees, will meet this afternoon to review the applications.

“We will see how we do,” said Dr. Sudershan Garg, trustees chairman. “I’d like to get to at least six to eight. We did it last time the same way.”

Out of the total field, the search firm put 10 or 11 people in the A category, he said.

The firm, AGB Search of Washington, D.C., divided applicants into three lists. The first list is those who meet the qualifications of university president. The second is those who don’t meet all of the criteria but who some trustees may still want to consider, and the third is those who don’t meet the criteria, Garg said.

Those picked will be slated for interviews via Skype on Saturday.

“We’d like to expedite the process as soon as possible,” he said.

The Skype interviews, conducted in private by board members on campus, will begin Saturday morning.

“Hopefully we’ll get the number down to three finalists,” the chairman said.

Applicants include current and former YSU personnel with Jim Tressel, former YSU and Ohio State football coach who is now executive vice president for student success at the University of Akron, drawing the most attention. Tressel also is one of 15 applicants for the UA presidency. No time frame has been announced for that university’s selection, but President Luis Proenza plans to step down July 1.

Other familiar applicants for YSU president include Martin Abraham, founding dean of YSU’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Ronald Chordas, YSU associate provost for university outreach and executive director of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies; Tony Atwater, former YSU provost and vice president for academic affairs from 2001 to 2005; and James McCollum, executive deputy to the president/chief of staff at Millersville University in Millersville, Pa., who worked in several positions at YSU from 1978 to 1996 including executive director of university relations. He applied to be president last year and was one of eight finalists.

One candidate, Gayle L. Ormiston, applied after the applicant list was published. Ormiston is senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.

Another candidate, Daniel Little, chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, has withdrawn from consideration.

Whoever is selected will be the university’s third president in four years. The eighth president, Randy J. Dunn, resigned last month after eight months on the job to become president of Southern Ilinois University. The seventh president, Cynthia E. Anderson, retired in 2013 after three years at the helm.


1gdog4766(1457 comments)posted 4 months ago

Garg, look I'm telling you pick me! I'll do to YSU what KaKasich is going to do to Ohio in his second term. C'mon , I'll find ways to shake every penny out of the students or whoever pays their tuition and I'll figure how to cheat every worker (except my staff who'll get raises of course). I'm your guy!

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2bgreene(135 comments)posted 4 months ago

You can be sure that whatever stupid decision the BOT makes that the YSU students, faculty, and staff will pay the real cost in terms of sacrifice and frustration.

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3ysuforever(56 comments)posted 4 months ago

The only person on their list who can save our beloved school is Jim Tressel.Kasich will try everything in his power to slash higher education and YSU is his biggest target.Look at Kasichs first campaign he mentioned that he agreed with the wing nuts at the Buckeye Institute that Ohio should cut in half the number of public school districts but quickly backed off when his advisors told him he would lose with that stance.If hes gets re-elected look for that to start happening with higher education next in line,Why Tressel,because being the jock-sniffer he is Kasich would be afraid to take on someone whos still beloved by Buckeye Nation.Are there other great candidates ,probably so.but none who could raise the millions of dollars that Tressel could.Hopefully the trustees will sit down with the Valleys paragon of wisdom David Betras before they begin the process

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4gdog4766(1457 comments)posted 4 months ago

Garg after talking with you today,or at least I think it was you I have come up with a few more ideas. Rent students their desks, sell parking spaces close to buildings,put pay toilets in all the restrooms and make them bring their own toilet paper. I have many more ideas on how to hold them upside down and shake them out. And don't worry as I have said I will never ever ever complain about funding cuts. I mean hey what right do taxpayers have to benefit from the taxes they pay. That's for rich people and corporations to be edit from.

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5Sparky(178 comments)posted 4 months ago

You are kasich's beotch and you know it... He loves making you squirm and beg for it.. Especially you dunce

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