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YSU losing another vice president

Published: Thu, April 24, 2014 @ 12:08 a.m.

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By Denise Dick



Another Youngstown State University vice president is leaving, widening the leadership gap at the university.

R. Scott Evans, vice president of university advancement, is returning to Lake Erie College in Painesville, where he will serve as senior vice president for institutional advancement and chief of the president’s staff, the No. 2 job at the school.

He came to YSU from Lake Erie in 2012 after working at that college for about six years.

Evans said he was contacted by the college’s president about the job.

“It was just a great opportunity where it was close to home,” Evans said. “This was a big family decision for us with two kids in high school up there. Kids are only that age once. I’m at that point where I can’t move them right now. This made a lot of sense.”

Evans has been commuting from his home in Lake County. His last day will be May 20.

“During his brief tenure at YSU, Scott played a key leadership role in the Division of University Advancement and on the president’s Cabinet,” Ikram Khawaja, interim president, said in the press release announcing Evans’ departure. “He will be missed, and we wish him well.”

He said he will be in discussion with university trustees and others on campus regarding the best way to approach selecting a new vice president for university advancement.

Evans said in the release that he’s grateful for the opportunities and experiences he had at YSU and the relationships he developed with the people of the Mahoning Valley. He said his decision to leave wasn’t an issue of him being concerned about the status of YSU.

“YSU is a great place,” Evans said. “The people here, the programs are outstanding — they’re all things that everyone here should be proud of and I think it will thrive in the future.”

Evans’ departure is the latest from YSU’s upper administration in recent months. Gene Grilli, vice president for finance and administration, left in February to take a position at another university. Randy J. Dunn resigned in March after only eight months as president to become president at Southern Illinois University. Khawaja, long-time provost and vice president for academic affairs before his appointment as interim president, will retire June 30.


1endthismess(463 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Hmmm. Perhaps YSU is loosing upper end management because people are finally sick of all the stuffed shirt's who are running everyone out the door with contracts and red tape.

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2Seriouslee(148 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Of course he can't say he's concerned about the status of YSU, no one leaving would--it'd be unprofessional but geeez look at the turnover here--besides the VPs mentioned in the article, 3 of 5 deans on the job market. Clearly there is a huge problem at the university. People see the direction the clueless and incompetent Board of Trustees is taking the university and any that can get out will.

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3billdog1(5784 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

YSU is a wonderful institution that has tried to advance many that should never have been advanced. The BOT has dumped on every worthy top executive that wouldn't play the Good Ol' Boys game. Many in top-middle management positions think they run the institution and are ruining the vary fiber of what made YSU great. Some just need to retire and let those that have real dedication and love for the institution do what they do best.

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4kurtw(1759 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

It's over staffing and "feather bedding" pure and simple. What exactly, pray tell, is a "Vice President for University Advancement". Sounds a bit vague too me- if he's leaving that job, maybe it's a job category that shouldn't have been created in the first place- How much did he make? And what did he accomplish that made his job that important. Sounds like feather bedding and over staffing to me.

Translated into real terms- a "Vice President for University Advancement"- would be like a Plumber hiring a First Assistant to cut the Pipe to size, another assistant to sand the end and then somebody else to apply the flux- finally, the Plumber comes in and solders the ends together. In other words, four people to do the job of one.

But that's the way it works in Academia- and were all supposed to genuflect and say "Hallelujah" instead of asking critical questions: what, exactly, is the job description of a "Vice-President for Academic Advancement" and does a University (designed to teach students at the lowest possible taxpayer and tuition cost) need such a position.

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5billdog1(5784 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Kurt, good question brother.

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6kurtw(1759 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Abe, I never spent a minute's time in Academia- except as a student and from that experience I got a good whiff of the kind of self-serving bunkum and mendacity common there. I translated that experience into my comment that a "Vice-President for University Advancement" sounded a bit vague and called it 'feather bedding" and "over-staffing" like a plumber hiring three assistants to do his job for him.

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