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UPDATE | YSU President Dunn resignation effective Aug. 16

Published: Mon, February 17, 2014 @ 8:46 p.m.

Youngstown State University's board of trustees and President Randy J. Dunn are emerging from behind closed doors after more than two hours. Dunn's resignation is effective Aug. 16.

"The board of trustees recognizes that the position at Southern Illinois is a unique opportunity for Dr. Dunn and his wife, Ronda, to return home to Illinois to continue their careers," said Dr. Sudershan Garg, board chairman.

"Dr. Dunn has performed exceptionally during his seven months at YSU and we wish him and Ronda well."

Meanwhile, YSU's Academic Senate worries about a leadership vacuum at the university.

Dunn's pending departure for the same position at Southern Illinois University beings to three the number of top leaders at YSU to leave. The provost plans to retire June 30 and the vice president of finance and administration plans to leave later this month.

Chet Cooper, who leads the academic senate, said the body hopes to have input in decisions regarding university academics such as if the board appoints an interim president.

This is a developing story. Check back at Vindy.com for updates.


1TheLostPatrol(756 comments)posted 7 months ago

I'll bet if they kept all three positions vacant for a decade they wouldn't miss a step at YSU!

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2nedlog44512(1 comment)posted 7 months ago

The next president of YSU will be...........Jim Tressel!!!

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3jgm820(115 comments)posted 7 months ago

They should keep the three positions open for a year. Use the salaries to cover the "deficit" and make the other administrators pick up the slack. That is exactly what they have done in academic areas for years-to people who don't have six figure salaries.

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4RustOnMyBelt(114 comments)posted 7 months ago

well put and very true jgm820. What's good for the geese...

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5gdog4766(1495 comments)posted 7 months ago

The board of trustees is beginning to remind me of the Browns front office before the sweep.

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6alpheusiam(64 comments)posted 7 months ago

Throw him out now. Let the position go vacant until a new President can be selected. I myself think the best and most obvious candidate and eminently qualified as being a local dedicated native with years of dedicated service and management experience, a commitment to the valley, an excellent fundraiser, knowledgeable to the demands of sports in the community, intelligent, with a close connection to everything YSU is Ron Strollo. While I believe that it's time for Ron to move on as Athletic Director, this in no way detracts from him being the perfect choice for President. He brings an undeniable love and loyalty to YSU that compares to none. And he won't pack it off in 7 months and he won't buy $22,000. worth of porch funiture. Blue collar YSU alumni loyalist and experienced and smart enough for a job he was built for. Period,

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7kurtw(848 comments)posted 7 months ago

I like what Alph just said. Throw him out now. He's a conniving worthless bum in my opinion. I looked up his CV and employment history- information I'm sure the Trustees had available to them- a history of Job-hopping before he landed the Murray State job in 06- and he was about to lose that- his contract wasn't being renewed- before he made suckers of us here in Youngstown (he has a lot in common with Obama on that score).

And you know why Randy wasn't being re-hired by Murray State? Because in 6 years he wasn't able to significantly increase enrollment and, during his term, academic standards slipped- as well as friction between him and the Board. Yet, knowing that as I'm sure they must have (I found out in about 8 minutes using an online search and I'm just a Handyman) Our Wonderful Board of Trustees here in Y-town, in their wisdom (sic), hired him to do what at Y.S.U. ??? INCREASE ENROLLMENT AND RAISE ACADEMIC STANDARDS! How Bizarre is that? It sounds like something out of a Mel Brooks Movie or the Marx Brothers.

I read Dr. Garg's statement- "The Board of Trustees recognizes... etc, etc " and, to be frank, it made me want to Gag. I'd like to know why it's necessary to be polite- "a unique opportunity for Dr. Dunn and his wife to return home to continue their careers"- to someone who has just shafted you. Or to kiss butt when you're the injured party: "Dr. Dunn has performed exceptionally well and we wish him and Rhonda well". Yugh!

Getting back to the previous comment I like the statement: "We need a local, qualified, dedicated native... with a commitment to the Valley...with a close connection to Y.S.U...somebody who won't pack it off in six months." Whether the individual mentioned is right for the job, I don't know, but the principle of bringing in somebody with ties to Y.S.U. is more than valid (isn't that the reason Randy and Rhonda- sounds like a sit-com- are heading back to Urbana?) and it makes more sense than to bring in a cynical, careerist Carpetbagger from Southern Illinois.

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8Attis(879 comments)posted 7 months ago

How utterly shameful. This nomadic parasite drains another 100 grand+ from the public treasury over the next several months of doing nothing and living high on the hog at public expense. If a crook in the streets robbed us thousands he'd be in jail for a long time. Why should it be any different for crime in the suites which Done is clearly guilty of?

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9kurtw(848 comments)posted 7 months ago

Right, it is shameful. There's just got to be something in his contract to make him pay for leaving this early and I'm wondering- after reading Dr. Gargs ass kissing statement- the Trustees aren't giving him and Rhonda a break out of kindness. After all it isn't their money- it only belongs to the Taxpayers- Sh-t like this Infuriates me! No wonder we have a TEA party movement- God Bless Them!

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10alpheusiam(64 comments)posted 7 months ago

Please save the University, say it, demand it. make it a commitment the logical choice, the best homegrown loyal choice, the one who went from boy to man in this community and has roots beyond compare; he's got alumni status, he's a proven leader, his loyalty is unquestionable, his management skills are proven, his thick skin is unquestionable, his intelligence is practical, he's a formidable opponent, he's a dominant presence, he;s an excelllent fundraiser, he's negotiated complex contracts, he's overseen amazing facility improvement, he's actually dealt with students and student issues including problems, his only employer is basically YSU, talk about loyalty, he's a magnificent public representative (you'd rub elbows with him way before the last 3 presidents, trust me), He's everything a community, who cared about themselves, and believed a homegrown hard working honest football hero could become and his name is Ron Strollo. Say it Youngstown. Demand it Youngstown. It's your last chance at making a difference and having your voice heard. I know enough about Ron Strollo to give him a chance to do what the inside the box intellects on the board of regents fail to see in their forest of trees, it doesn't take genius to recognize the obvious. And oh yea, you geniuses think looking for the best eliminates our own community of being good enough to produce the best. I say NO! No matter what, I would bet my sacred honor that if Ron Strollo was offered and accepted the YSU Presidency that he would fulfill it honorably. Say it, Ron Strollo. If not him, who? If not now, when? Ron Strollo.

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11nojimbo(223 comments)posted 7 months ago

Okay Ron Strollo, or his best friend, uncle, etc. we get it.

As for Dunn, he was bright enough, as someone talks about above, to learn that theft with a suit on nearly always pays off, while if he had gone into a bank and stole $375,000 he'd be hunted down and put in prison for a long time.

And Garg, is he some sort of doctor? Geez, keep him away from me. Can you imagine someone this incompetent working for or on you?

Another sad, sad day in the trail of tears that is Mahoning Valley's history over nearly the last half century now. Can you believe how long this decline has been going on?

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12petemoss90210(10 comments)posted 7 months ago

My conspiracy theory...

Want to know if anyone did contact Dr. Dunn while he was out? It certainly wouldn't have been via his University-issued cellular phone. Board of Trustees would have his personal cellular phone, and would have used that since I would imagine Dr. Dunn's University phone could be tracked, and I would imagine if we could see a phone bill, we would see BOT making contact with Dunn.

I speculate BOT (not Dunn's office or other Administrators) knew that Dunn was in the running for SIU 5 months prior.

I speculate BOT knew of Dunn's strong political connections in Illinois and the fact that probably 5 months ago it was decided that Dunn was the new SIU president, and that he would be leaving YSU.

I speculate that this is just the final part of Union busting at the University that began with Anderson. From what I heard, negotiations were fairly easy and less confrontational with Anderson when having to make concessions, based on the assumption that Anderson would be here more than 3 years and would handled the following contract negotiations better during the next contract negotiations. She left after her 3rd year and retired with a significant pension...as you all know, received a 30% raise while everyone else got nothing in a time when "we all were making sacrifices." Deceit #1.

Deceit #2. BOT Finding out Dunn was wanted at SIU months after accepting at YSU. New contract negotiations, a new President that is not popular now, exit strategy when the new contract begins...the Unions are toast. Negotiations will be a bloodbath and BOT will be satisfied because Dunn takes all the blame.

In a nutshell, BOT knew about Dunn leaving well in advance. Everything is well-calculated, everything is political. Dunn is paid well enough to not care how he is viewed...he's got a great ego and it's apparent. In history, he will be the perfect YSU president because he came in, busted up the Unions badly and left the new president with a clean slate since all the dirty deeds could be executed easily without any repercussion. Heck, he leaves making well over 375k and will have 430k to help him forget Youngstown and YSU.

He's not a bad man, most humans are a bit greedy and self-serving (don't lie!). He's just a great pawn in the game.

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