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Dunn a no-show for Crash Day; YSU trustees to meet on 'presidential employment'

Published: Mon, February 17, 2014 @ 10:07 a.m.

The mystery surrounding the whereabouts and the future employment of Youngstown State University President Randy J. Dunn may be a little clearer this morning.

Dunn, who reportedly is the favorite for the top job at Southern Illinois University, didn't attend this morning's Crash Day, a recruitment event for prospective students at the campus.

And, minutes ago, Ron Cole, YSU's public information officer, released this statement: "The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees meets 6 p.m. today, Monday, Feb. 17, in the Trustees Meeting Room on the first floor of Tod Hall. The topic of the meeting is presidential employment."

As The Vindicator has been reporting since Sunday, YSU officials were surprised — and in the dark — about whether they will lose their president after only about seven months on the job after learning from SIU’s student newspaper, the Daily Egyptian, that Dunn was the front-runner for SIU’s top job.

That announcement is expected at 3 p.m. EST time.

If Dunn leaves, said Dr. Sudershan Garg, chairman of the YSU board, the board will face a lot of difficult decisions.

YSU would not only lose its president, but two other top administrators, the provost and vice president for finance and administration, who have announced they are leaving, Garg said.

Gene Grilli, vice president for finance and administration, is expected to leave soon; and Ikram Khawaja, provost and vice president for academic affairs, plans to retire June 30.

Garg said he was “surprised” by the story of Dunn applying for the SIU job, but as of Sunday night had not heard from Dunn to verify it.

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

Not a big deal that he isn't committed to YSU; things happen and people sometimes do not like new jobs and they move on.

The thing I don't like is his being so unavailable when news broke. He should at least have the decency to talk to people, including the trustees.

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2alpheusiam(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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3pgurney(296 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Wow, if this is how Dunn is - continuing to seek employment elsewhere, not letting anyone know he wasn't going to be where he's supposed to be, not answering calls or messages, just basically dropping out of sight and contact?

Pretty rotten, imo. I say good riddance.

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4James_S(268 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Bottom line... it's so obvious what his priorities are... another puppet in pursuit of the Fed's filthy lucre. Just like our politicians- all of them.

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5Cicero(39 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Why were the YSU Trustees in the dark on this? Seems the last two go arounds, the Vindy published who the "frontrunners" for the YSU Presidency were months before a final decision was made - do the SIU Trustees not have a similar transparency?

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6questionreality(736 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago


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7YtownParent(1069 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

I don't begrudge anyone for pursuing another job, whatever their reasons. This is America after all and all employees have a right to move from one employer or another at their own will. It's not necessary that Dunn, or any employee of any employer, let their current bosses know they are looking at other job opportunities. It's a common courtesy if you want a recommendation and to avoid burning bridges. But when anyone is pursuing another position elsewhere, they are still obligated to show up for work at their current employer and perform their duties. It's called job abandonment when they don't and it usually gets an employee terminated, immediately. Dunn is no different than any other employee. He abandoned his post and he should be terminated effective immediately.

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8billdog1(5939 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

The reality is Dunn earned 2.5 vacation days a month. I'm sure he had a few days in the bag.

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9Westsider(269 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Perhaps he didn't realize the mess he had inherited from the previous administration. No one has heard anything conclusive yet regarding collaborative attempts to reduce the budget by millions - except that consensus has not yet been reached (and probably never will be). Youngstown State as an organization is a bit on the dysfunctional side. It remains siloed and each Dean is very turf-oriented. The structure of YSU today is at least forty years old. It has to change - but it won't. Oh and as for Jim Tressel - he will be the next president of the University of Akron.

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10billdog1(5939 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Tressel nor Strollo meet the requirements to be president at any university. Wishing and reality are two different things. Man, sometimes it's like reading comedy material.

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