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Student newspaper: YSU's Dunn top contender for Illinois job

Published: Sun, February 16, 2014 @ 6:33 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN Randy Dunn, who has been president of Youngstown State University only since July 13, 2013, is reported to be the front-runner to be named president of Southern Illinois University.

According to the "Daily Egyptian, SIU's student newspaper, the university's Board of Trustees chose its new president Thursday Feb. 13 and is expected to announce its pick at 2 p.m. Monday Feb. 17.

Attempts to reach Dunn and Dr. Sudershan Garg, chairman of the YSU Board of Trustees, to confirm the story, were unsuccessful.

Ron Cole, manager of news and information services at YSU, said he contacted Dunn's chief of staff, Shannon Tirone, whom he said is trying to reach Dunn for more information. Cole said he has no information beyond what was in the "Daily Egyptian."

Former Ohio Sen. Harry Meshel, a member of the YSU board, said he was unsuccessful in reaching Dunn. However, Meshel said he hopes the story is not true.

"I really like Dunn, and feel the rest of the board shares my opinion," Meshel said.

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1Roger_Thornhill(1068 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Wow, he sure is committed to YSU.

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2pgurney(296 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago


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3nojimbo(286 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

This is, as the old MasterCard ads used to say, priceless. If true, it's fraud in the first degree. The first few months for any out of town executive type is always a "listening session" as in, "I'll spend some time getting to know everybody and listening to what they have to say". In effect, it's getting paid big bucks to wander around and glad hand. So now, after the well paid several months "getting to know everybody" he applies at another university? He really ought to charged with fraud. Of course that can't happen, but for God's sake can the trustees put something in the next contract penalizing this sort of BS. Something like a return of the moving expenses if you don't stay two years - how hard would that be to add?

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4walter_sobchak(2728 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

No, your comment is total bullsh!t. When Dunn was interviewed for theYSU position, he would have been asked by the committee about such things as his immediate plans for leading the university as president plus his personal intentions for moving to the Y-town area. In the intervening seven months, he has had many meetings with the trustees. So, if none of the board knew this was his intention, then "fraud" would most certainly fit his behavior. If he has at least interviewed for the position, I would think termination is warranted. If he takes the position, there should be a clause in his contract for a buyout.

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5billdog1(5942 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Just because he is the front runner for the position doesn't mean he is taking. Some of the people in this area are as bad as the media. The possibility exist that he may have applied for both jobs at once and YSU hired first. I'm not making any judgement until he says what his intentions are. I'm sure YSU has some provision in the contract to cover themselves. This is insanity that so many get so worked up over our rumor mill of the media.

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6Seriouslee(149 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

billdog, You may be right-but upon getting the YSU job, he should have bowed out of the other job search or at least made it clear to the Board of Trustees that he was still a candidate. Also, its telling that his facebook page is deleted, he did not show up for a scheduled speech this morning and he's not returning phone calls from his own Board members and YSU's information officer? One phone call from him last night would have killed all of the speculation.

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7walter_sobchak(2728 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Seeing as how the SIU Presidential Search Committee was not organized until last fall (while he was already under a YSU contract), billdog's post is BS. Seems to me that he either sought out the position by applying or was contacted by their headhunter confidentially about taking the position. But, yes, he could have killed the speculation and the fact that the university cannot contact him is telling.

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8Roger_Thornhill(1068 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Either way this guy is a total jerk.

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9lumper(301 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

so dunn goes to a better place, ok- fine. but the YSU TRUSTEES ARE MORONS !!! they are just livin large at the taxpayers expense. the " treats and perks " they receive should be made public and taxed. all they can do is stuff that is either self- serving, wrong or both. what a collection - they should be on the youngstown school board- they would fit right in - city council too !

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10lumper(301 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

it would be hard to be more inept than ysu trustees.

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11alpheusiam(64 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

The best thing for YSU is to pick the best in house local candidate. While I am not impressed by his ability to be Athletic Director, the best and most loyal candidate for President of YSU is Ron Strollo. He's the best fund raiser, he's dedicated to the University, he's got plenty of management experience, he's not going to leave YSU for greener pastures, he can better influence everything YSU including sports as President, he's bright enough, he's local from head to toe, and he loves the University and the community. I say be done with the stupidity of the board and pick the best choice, I nominate Ron Strollo. Period.

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12JoeFromHubbard(1817 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

The best that we, outside of the inner workings at YSU, can do at this point is speculate.

In a short time it will all become public knowledge then the slings and arrows may fly.

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13billdog1(5942 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

lumper, the board of trustees are not paid. They are business people and leaders in the community that volunteer to oversee the university isn't being pillaged by its state employees.

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14republicanRick(1741 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Strollo? He can't manage an athletic department, how in the world could he be expected to run a university?

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15Seriouslee(149 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Seriously, Ron Strollo? Don't even know where to begin with that...The last thing YSU needs is another internal candidate. The place is falling apart, and desperately needs a new Board of Trustees and new perspective. Dunn may have turned out to be a bust but that should in no way lead to an in-house hire! Real universities don't do this and for good reason. There is nothing wrong with using the post as a "stepping stone" if it yields great vision and progress. Yeah Dunn's actions (if true) are pretty awful but he's the exception not the rule for external hires. Give me a hotshot pres from somewhere outside the Valley vortex any day--let him or her chart a vision make some changes and lay a real foundation--is they move on after the contract, so be it.

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