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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