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SIU student newspaper: Dunn is the new president

Published: Mon, February 17, 2014 @ 3:19 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Randy J. Dunn, who served seven months as Youngstown State University president, reportedly is leaving to become president of Southern Illinois University.

The university’s student newspaper reported this afternoon that the SIU trustees announced Dunn is that university’s new president.

Dr. Sudershan Garg, chairman of the YSU trustees, said this morning that he hadn’t spoken with Dunn since news broke Sunday of his pending appointment to the SIU job.

“It’s very hard to say what we will decide,” Dr. Garg said. “We’ll have to talk to the search consultant.”

He wasn’t aware that Dunn was unhappy and Dunn hadn’t made the board aware of problems nor any sticking points during the negotiation of his contract.

“The contract was decided by attorneys,” Dr. Garg said. “They came to an amicable solution. I don’t think there were any contract issues.”

Dunn who didn’t attend this morning’s Crash Day, a recruitment event for prospective students at the campus, and Ron Cole, YSU spokesman, said Dunn was working from the Pollock House, the university-owned presidential residence.

Upon Dunn’s selection as YSU president, university officials said his contract was for three years. But according to Dunn’s contract, signed last June by Dunn and trustees, the university can terminate Dunn’s contract at any time without cause upon a majority vote of the board.

Dunn may terminate the agreement at any time by giving 180 days advance notice unless that notice is waived by the university.

Officials at YSU said they were stunned when they learned of his imminent departure Sunday from SIU’s student newspaper, the Daily Egyptian, which reported Dunn was the front-runner for SIU’s top job.

The YSU Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. today in their meeting room in the first floor of Tod Hall. The topic of the meeting will be “presidential employment,” Cole said.

Dr. Garg said Dunn’s departure means the board will face a lot of difficult decisions.

YSU is not only losing 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.

“I think we’ll have a tough time, but in tough times you come out with something better,” Dr. Garg said.

According to the Daily Egyptian, SIU President Glenn Poshard’s contract expires June 30, 2014.

SIU’s total enrollment, including part-time students, is about 30,000 students and it also includes a medical and a dental school. YSU’s fall enrollment was 13,381.

While some students hanging around campus Monday morning between campus were unaware of the news, Michael Slavens, vice president of the Student Government Association, met Dunn at meetings the president conducted with the SGA and will be sad to see him go

“I think he has a great personality,” Slavens said.

It’s a sad situation, he said.

“I think it’s unfortunate,” Slavens said. “We’ll see what happens. I really did like the guy.”

Dunn, who has an annual salary at YSU of $375,000, had been president of Murray State University in Kentucky for about six years when YSU tapped him to replace Cynthia E. Anderson as president. Before his contentious exit from Murray State, Dunn served as Illinois state schools superintendent and as a professor at SIU in Carbondale.

He has a doctorate of education from the University of Illinois and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Illinois State University.


1walter_sobchak(2313 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Don't let the door hit you in the arse on the way out, Dunn. Saturday, October 18, 2014 the Salukis of Southern Illinois will play football at Stambaugh Stadium. Let's see if their new president shows up for the game. Start making signs for the bastard now.

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2billdog1(3774 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

valleypolitics, the board members are business people in the community. Somehow this all seems like it got to a place that people should have never let it get to. This is obviously a board issue. Two presidents in a row says much about the people that are doing the hiring.

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3AtownAugie(804 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

The Art Modell of YSU.

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4Attis(1022 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

The Trustees need to do three things at tonight's meeting:
1. immediately terminate Dunn's contract;
2. pursue legal action against him to reclaim the public funds this nomadic parasite consumed at YSU;
3. and then resign, en masse.

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5prodgodq(165 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Reportedly his salary at Southern Illinois will be about $460,000, a pretty significant increase. Seems like this guy is pretty much a mercenary. While he certainly has the right to go for more money, I think he's doing it in a very poor way. I'm surprised that SIU is willing to put up that amount of money for someone who will most likely bolt for the next job for more money.
Good riddance.

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6republicanRick(1501 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Who the heck would want to live in the YSU president's house on Wick Ave? What kind of life is that with no neighbors, isolated, and living like a prisoner?

Could this be a quality of life issue with the Dunns? They saw the living arrangements and said get me out of here.

Let the next President and his family live in Poland or Canfield where they can maintain an active, normal lifestyle. Not the Attica on Wick that will drive many away.

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7petethepenguin(16 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Randy Dunn is leaving because politics stopped him from removing the football and basketball coach and hiring 2 head coaches that would have a chance of turning both of these programs around.

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8Attis(1022 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Peterpumpkineater: wrong! This parasitic nomad is leaving (hopefully immediately fired for cause before the day is out) because he is a money-grubbing, shameless liar without an ounce of integrity who drained hundreds of thousands of dollars from the public treasury and, in return, kicked YSU and this whole community in our collective teeth. The lawyers who drew up his contract and the trustees who hired him need to be removed from YSU, pronto.

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9walter_sobchak(2313 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

I see $1.8M budgeted for police salary. If we increase this 50% to account for fuel, vehicles, unifoem allowance, doughnuts (does that make you happy), etc., that figures to be about $200 per year per student enrolled. That is $6.25 per week based on 16 weeks per semester. That is hardly breaking the bank. As a parent of two recent graduates, I feel that is a bargain for a full-fledged police department, especially when one realizes just how safe the YSU campus is. I was thoroughly impressed with the force. My guess is they have wronged you in some way in the past. Maybe they didn't hire you. Or, maybe they caught you pissing in the bushes. Whatever, just give it up already.

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10petethepenguin(16 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

I don't disagree Attis Abba. I think another reason he left was due to him being the only Republican in the administration of Democrats. We all know that a Republican is greedy, uncaring, shifty, and the cause of global warming.

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11lumper(291 comments)posted 1 year, 7 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 ! it would be hard to be more inept.
p.s. trustees eat the best food at ysu served by hospitality students, enjoy a variety of perks- meetings paid for in vacation spots etc. so, yes they don't do anything for free.

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12JoeFromHubbard(1482 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Go, Randy !

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