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Dunn to become president of Southern Illinois University

Published: Tue, February 18, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.
  Dunn Resigns

YSU President Dr. Randy Dunn resigned today.

YSU President Dr. Randy Dunn resigned today.

By Denise Dick



Youngstown State University trustees and Randy J. Dunn, in just his seventh month as university president, publicly appear to be parting amicably.

Dunn is leaving this summer to become president of Southern Illinois University.

SIU trustees announced Monday afternoon that Dunn is that university’s new president. At SIU, Dunn will earn $430,000 annually. His salary at YSU is $375,000 annually.

Dunn told YSU trustees in writing Monday that he will resign effective Aug. 16. If YSU picks a replacement and trustees want him to leave earlier, he will, Dunn said after a 21/2-hour closed-door meeting Monday between Dunn and trustees.

Dunn said that SIU’s search consultant — listed on the university’s website as R. William Funk & Associates of Dallas — contacted him in the middle of fall.

“I didn’t apply per se,” Dunn said.

Initially, he told SIU he had just started a new position and wouldn’t leave, he said. But the consultant contacted him again, telling him there were a number of nominations supporting him.

After the first of the year, the consultant again contacted him, saying it was his charge to have Dunn come talk with him. Dunn sent his information to the consultant.

“I worked at SIU a long time and I felt I had some duty to them,” said Dunn, who worked as a professor at the university before he was tapped by now-imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in 2004 to become state schools superintendent.

Dr. Sudershan Garg, chairman of the YSU trustees, said the board would meet soon to determine how to proceed in picking a new president.

“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,” Garg said. “Dr. Dunn has performed exceptionally during his seven months at YSU, and we wish him and Ronda well.”

He said trustees look forward to working with Dunn during the next six months in moving the university forward.

When he took the job, he expected it to be his last, Dunn said.

YSU had spent nearly $109,000 in the search that resulted in Dunn’s appointment. That included visits to campus and lodging for Dunn and the other two presidential finalists and payments to AGB Search, the executive search firm.

Dunn 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.

Earlier in the day, Garg 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,” Garg said. “They came to an amicable solution. I don’t think there were any contract issues.”

Upon Dunn’s selection as YSU president, university officials said his contract was for three years. Under that contract, he was required to give YSU 180 days advanced written notice of his resignation.

Dunn said it was a difficult decision in not informing YSU trustees about his being a finalist for the SIU job, but SIU’s search was “closed and fully confidential.”

Dunn said he realizes that some people may view his leaving YSU as a betrayal, but the SIU position is a unique opportunity. He said he would work the next six months to move YSU forward with some of the initiatives that he started.

Garg said the provision in the presidential contract that allows a president to leave with 180 days’ notice is something the board may consider in future pacts, but he said he doesn’t write the contracts.

“We’ll take it under advisement,” Garg said.

Neither Dunn nor Garg believes Dunn’s short tenure will deter others from applying for the YSU presidency.

“I feel YSU is a capstone job for anyone,” Dunn said.

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,” Garg said.

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.

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.”

Annette Burden, president of the YSU-Ohio Education Association, the union representing YSU faculty, said the universities’ employee unions were surprised and disappointed to learn of Dunn’s departure.

“We have appreciated Dr. Dunn’s willingness to work together and would like to acknowledge the speed at which he often helped to resolve issues that we brought to his attention,” Burden said in a statement. “We would also like to reaffirm our commitment to work together with the administration to rebuild trust, support our students, and support the mission of the university. We will continue to do what we have always done: provide the world-class education that students expect and deserve, perform groundbreaking research, provide the essential support services needed to operate the university, and contribute to the community that supports and depends upon YSU. We trust that this news will not have a negative impact on the upcoming negotiations of two of the unions.”


1kurtw(848 comments)posted 7 months ago

It's kind of him isn't it? He's going to "work the next six month's to move Y.S.U. ahead with some of the initiatives he started". Now, what would that be: "significantly increased enrollment and raised academic standards" neither of which he was able to accomplish at Murray State after 6 years- which is the reason they were letting him go. The guy has chutzpah if nothing else. And, what the heck, what's another 100 Grand or So- the Taxpayer's can afford it.

I like his statement talking about his move to SIU: "I didn't apply per se." Get that "per se"- sounds like a Weasel Word to me, but then again the guy is a Weasel- so I shouldn't be surprised. Interesting, also, that he was put on to head Illinois Schools by Rod Blago- one of the most corrupt Governors in Illinois History, if that's possible- Seems to fit...

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2arod(263 comments)posted 7 months ago

Let this guy go NOW, will he really do anything in the next 6 months? It's too late but the BOT should have offered James Tressel, SMH. You reap what you sow YSU...

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3Ianacek(909 comments)posted 7 months ago

I think we need to put Dr Dunn's decision in the fall against the backdrop of events in Youngstown City's economy and its Mayoral election during that time .
Who could blame him for taking the opportunity offered ?
For decades , Youngstown has found it harder and harder to attract and retain skilled workers , entrepreneurs , large and small investors and quality civic leaders because it refuses to change its thinking .
Dr Dunn's loss is , unfortunately , not at all unusual .
Youngstown needs to take stock .

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4mathews99(5 comments)posted 7 months ago

Thanks Dr. Dunn, ya showed us what scum looks like...

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5Erplane(483 comments)posted 7 months ago

Wow - this story makes it seem like YSU's board all have tire tracks on their backs, and they are all willing to roll over so he can back up, and run them over on their fronts.

The consultant, in the real world, is called a headhunter. They get paid to bring a candidate in and get them hired. Dunn made it seem like this consultant is an agent of the Pope whose job it is to bestow the wisdom of the Holy Spirit on this decision to the board, to show how great it is for everybody.

I also would like to know what in heavens name is the board thinking, keeping this guy around? Show some spine. If you want to take this rosy job, great. The moving truck is coming tomorrow. Maybe Dr. Dunn is the greatest guy in the world - but hey this is business. He isn't exactly showing loyalty to YSU, why are you showing loyalty to him?

Last, there is hardly one mention of students. I hope YSU's students rise up and let Dr. Dunn know how they feel.

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6formerdemliberal(182 comments)posted 7 months ago

For those on the outside looking in, welcome to the hypocritical world of higher education administrators that I endured for over thirty years, where integrity, loyalty, and public trust were replaced long ago by self-interest, public relations gimmicks to attract donations from alumni suckers, and worship at the almighty dollar altar to the detriment of quality education.

Here are some classic examples of higher education administrative double-speak:

(1) The writer states that "when he took the (YSU) job, he (Dunn) expected it to be his last' , BUT "I didn’t apply per se" (per se = I never said I wasn't interested in SIU).

(2) “I worked at SIU a long time and I felt I had some duty to them" (screw that three-year YSU contract I just signed. I just got a $55,000 raise!), BUT “I feel YSU is a capstone job for anyone” (but me).

The writer states, "Youngstown State University trustees and Randy J. Dunn, in just his seventh month as university president, publicly appear to be parting amicably." I'm assuming the writer did not speak to YSU trustee Harry Meshel.

I remember when Bertram wrote an opinion during last year's presidential vetting process that YSU needed a strong academic leader to face future YSU challenges, such as enrollment, not some football shill like Jim Tressel. Although I have always questioned Tressel's sincerity towards academics, I believed that he possesses the primary skill needed for university presidents in today's economy: fund raising. A university president needs to maintain solid relationships with deep-pocket donors to provide the resources necessary to improve educational quality while overseeing academic affairs primarily delegated to university provosts and college deans. Of course, know-it-all Bertie could not comprehend how someone from outside academia could successfully lead a university.

Uh Bertie, still buy into that academia BS? Betcha Jimbo would still be YSU president today.

And hey YSU trustees, nothing like blowing perhaps another $250,000+ on those headhunter searches and legal fees. Maybe Joe Paterno's old pal, deposed PSU president Graham Spanier, is looking for a job. He's got a nice smile and he sure looks like a university president, just like Randy Dunn.

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7Rooster(78 comments)posted 7 months ago

Someone needs to get through to that Garg and the rest of that Board bunch and acquaint them with how these headhunted positions work in the real world. You hire someone with a headhunter fee and you pay their moving expenses and what all, then you put it in their contract if they leave before a year or two, those charges get put back on their side of the tab. Usually, you hold out some calculations until that initial period is over. Course with the taxpayers paying, I guess they don't feel a need to watch the money. You folks are getting mad at the guy who flew the coop and you're forgetting who is to blame for all these head hunter and moving fees and general mismanagement.

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8Erplane(483 comments)posted 7 months ago

One last comment - I hope the board will be calling SIU's board and asking them to pay for some of Dunn's remaining salary at YSU. Because even though he'll be sitting in Tod Hall, human nature dictates his fingers will be on his iPad looking at SIU policy, academics, etc. What a nice parting gift the board is giving him.

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9natureman(66 comments)posted 7 months ago

This certainly is a sad comment on Youngstown State. What just happened here? I take it that if you are an administrator with an inflated salary you can just do whatever you want. SIU can have Dr. Dunn. They better watch out because if something better comes along he will do the same to them.
There are good candidates out there but our trustees certainly didn't choose one with this guy. He really should be ashamed of himself. Leaders should be held to a higher standard but that isn't happening in this case..

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10lovethiscity(147 comments)posted 7 months ago

Garg and the Board can "spin" this any way they so wish, but Dunn's conduct in this matter is reprehensible.

And to publicly thank him for his "seven months of excellent work"....are you freaking kidding me!? Seven months!? Seriously, would they care to elaborate what that excellent work specifically was?

And does the Board REALLY believe that they will get ANYTHING out of Dunn for the next 180 days? Erplane is right, he will be totally focused on SIU 24/7.

We already know that Dunn is all about Dunn and nothing else. He has absolutely no concept of servant leadership, which is the only leadership of a university that is acceptable when one takes on that role.

So Dunn, just resign. I really don't want YSU to pay you t`o work for SIU.

And if you won't do that, post your appointment schedule on line for transparency, along with the benchmark metrics you are hitting each day that align with YSU's Strategic Plan.

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11handymandave(474 comments)posted 7 months ago

Nice recruiting job trustees, perhaps next time you can consult bonzo the chimpanzee to help pick your next ysu president. Better yet, cut the salary in half and offer it to everyday people for 7 month stints.

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12ysuforever(57 comments)posted 7 months ago

The biggest mistake that the YSU trustees at the time made was not hiring Harry Meshel years ago as University president .Now is the time to not make another mistake,and immediately offer the position to Jim Tressel.He put YSU in the national spotlight in the sports world and can do the same thing in the academic world.He can raise the funds needed for the university that are needed for future success.We need someone who is Valley Strong at the helm ,not a carpetbagger using our wonderful university as a bargaining chip to bigger things.YSU trustees ,make Jim an offer he cant refuse,do it now and show the carpetbagger the door.

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13lumper(281 comments)posted 7 months ago

the guy is leaving for a better job with better pay. anybody at that level would do the same. look at who he had to work with. ysu trustees are morons. it would be hard to be more inept. he probably can't stand the incompetence surrounding him.

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142muchtax(321 comments)posted 7 months ago

Get rid of Dunn now, hire tressel if he will come and like it is said above put a 2 or 3 yr contract in
Place that they have a penalty and pay all move expenses back! Local people or faculty should get a very serious look over transplants that are looking to leave the day they show up! Dunn was a complete waste of taxpayer money!

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15HenryTheBear(23 comments)posted 7 months ago

I wouldnt let his ass back in this time zone. I cant believe how SOFT the trustees are. But this is what you get when you have a bad hire. Was never impressed with this hire and not surprised how it ended up. This clown is going to speak at my commencement this spring, unbelievable. What a disrespect to me and my family and my classmates and their families and this community if he is at commencement!

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16Millerh113(126 comments)posted 7 months ago

What was the Board thinking when they hired a guy whose contract at his previous job was not renewed.

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17RustOnMyBelt(114 comments)posted 7 months ago

Is there no honor amoung thieves?Were the trustees truly "blindsided"? Can anyone's research verify that Dr Dunn did in fact say that he hoped to "hit the ground running" here? If so, his mission was accomplished. Cannot wait to hear his stirring speach durng spring commencements!

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18questionreality(248 comments)posted 7 months ago

Wow! Not even 9AM and the matter has drawn more comments than deSouza's Sunday column on Belinky and Engler.

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19CompManRetired(29 comments)posted 7 months ago

Excellent comments re Dunn should be relieve of his duties now. The Board of Trustees need an epiphany or risk not following their fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers, community and students. Without this awakening I can see union negotiations (why do professional teachers and thinkers at a college level need a third party to recognize their value added contributions) creating a further distraction. You can bet Kasich is watching how the BOT reacts in this Democrat strong hold.

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20plwise(8 comments)posted 7 months ago

Dunn who?

Where's Lenny Strollo when you need him?

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21NotWhatYouThink(1 comment)posted 7 months ago

Folks - don't be fooled. This is the fourth president in four years for YSU. Instead of looking at who is leaving for fault, why don't you look at the Trustees that may be running these individuals away due to a number of reasons. The main reason that comes to mind is micro management by the board of trustees and their penchant of doing things "the Youngstown way". The "Youngstown Way" has driven a once proud and thriving university into the ground, ala the University of Akron. Take the blinders off...4 presidents in 4 years.

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22petethepenguin(16 comments)posted 7 months ago

Dunn is Done !

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23besthopes4ytown(21 comments)posted 7 months ago

Does Jim Tressel even have the qualifications to be a university president? Does he have a PHD and experience outside of athletics? I get that there is mad love for him in this community, and that is great and very understandable, but I don't get why I keep reading these comments that the university should bring HIM on of all people? Didn't he abandon YSU as well? And then later get into all kinds of trouble with some scandal? Not exactly the best choice for an academic setting that wants to be taken seriously. Think with your heads not with your hearts. Also, wouldn't it have been wise on the board's part to put a clause in his contract that you can't be actively looking for other jobs while you are starting out a new one, at least for the first year? Maybe something to think about for the future. What a bad example to the students!
@lanacek I agree with you completely... This city is in the toilet, and it is embarrassing on many levels. We need to get it together and flush the corruption, devastation, and crime.

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24Notorious_Pig(103 comments)posted 7 months ago

I am surely in the minority here, but I am sure that each and every one of you would've made this change, too. He is going to be the prez of a school that is more than double the size and has a much better academic reputation. This is his stepping stone to bigger and better things. If he stayed at YSU and all its' insecurities, he wouldn't have the opportunities in the future, I'm afraid. Yes, he handled this very poorly, but you can't blame the guy for wanting to go somewhere bigger and better. I graduated from SIU in '95 and I will be the first to tell you that it is much nicer than YSU. The facilities, the area, and the opportunities are all much better than YSU. Can't blame HIM, but you can blame the Board of Trustees for letting him "hang out" for 6 more months. If he wants to go, then make sure he goes now. If he stayes, he will just continue to be a "no-show", just like he was this past weekend.

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25arivercryme(3 comments)posted 7 months ago

Rooster...you are correct with what you said. It took 109k to find Mr. Dunn...a good payday for the agency.

The fact of the matter is this, the YSU Board of Trustees got played, plain and simple. Why do I say this? Because the SIU current president is retiring, which tells me that is was probably a well-known fact by the insiders at SIU that he was leaving and Dunn was potentially available, even though he just started (or was going to start) at YSU. Maybe Dunn didn't know for certain when the SIU President was going to leave, but he probably had an idea it was going to be in the next year.

Take it from a recruiter...that's probably how it went down. At any rate, disappointing to see that the trustees are going to keep him on for 6 months. I would cut him loose at this point and appoint someone on an interim basis.

And for those of you are mad and think it stinks...though Dunn can leave when he wants, it's lousy nonetheless. I wonder if a little more research up front might have raised some questions if his heart was really in Carbondale, IL.

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26bgreene(143 comments)posted 7 months ago

Yes, this is a pretty good kick in the teeth for YSU but if the man wants to leave then he should leave but leave NOW. No reason for him to be allowed to hang out until August collecting a paycheck and making decisions that will affect the university. Trustees, show this guy an exit, appoint an interim caretaker executive, try to recoup some of the expenses paid to bring Dunn to YSU, and begin the search for a replacement. But certainly explore every avenue to break/modify the contract (read stop paying him a salary)with this guy based upon his actions and non-fulfillment of his part. Better to part company now and stop throwing good money after bad. Why not ask SIU and/or the headhunter agency for some compensation or throw them some lawsuits for tampering with YSU's employee.

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27Repubs4theRich(124 comments)posted 7 months ago

I blame the board and school attorneys who made the contract. Sign for 3 years, work for 3 years. If you "opt out early", then the employee should have to buy out the remainder of his contract. If YSU chose to go another way before his 3 years was up, then YSU should have to buy out the remainder of his contract. This, excluding any wrong doing or misconduct on Dunn's behalf. How can you have any stability at the position if your employee can leave for any reason,without consequences, even when he is under contract?

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28susiecommenter(1 comment)posted 7 months ago

What a circus. I'd have loved to have been a fly on the wall at the meeting last night. There must be more to the story than the public knows. At least, I certainly hope there is. Why the trustees didn't dump this dude is beyond me. He will obviously be a worthless expense for the university for the next 6 months. And, as other commenters have sagely noted, he will be prepping for his new job on YSU's dime.

His comments about being pursued by SIU are pretty rich. Isn't his first "duty" to fulfill his contract to YSU? It is understandable that he would prefer his new position from both professional and personal standpoints, but the fact remains, this guy's word isn't worth donkey dung. He's practically playing the victim card -- oh, I tried to resist SIU's advances, but they just came on too strong! Pathetic.

Here's a message to the board from a proud graduate and donor -- get rid of him! You won't see any more contributions from me until you do.

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29Attis(879 comments)posted 7 months ago

The decision by the BOT to keep this scoundrel on the public payroll for another six months is a slap in the face to taxpayers. Trustees with any integrity would have fired the bum on the spot and initiated legal proceeding against him for breach of contract/trust. The fact that this moronic, spineless BOT failed to do so, makes one think there is corruption involved. Come clean trustees: tell us what the kickback was and then resign in shame.

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30walter_sobchak(1909 comments)posted 7 months ago

“I worked at SIU a long time and I felt I had some duty to them,” said Dunn, who worked as a professor at the university before he was tapped by now-imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in 2004 to become state schools superintendent.

What about your duty to YSU since you signed a 3 year contract? I'm sure you gave the trustees some assurances of a "vision" for the future of the university. Did you give your current spouse similar assurances when you married her? Or, when a Sophia Vergara comes bouncing by you are you going to tell your wife you have some duty to your little head? The only thing more disgusting is that the trustees are keeping you in this position for which you obviously have no use or desire. I would think that once the large university benefactors express their opinions to the trustees, he will be given a cab ride to the edge of town.

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31oneton(5 comments)posted 7 months ago

How does someone get fired from one job for not doing a good job, get a fat contract with no consequences at another and finally land a fatter contract at yet another?

I feel YSU and SIU could each do better.

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32Rooster(78 comments)posted 7 months ago

That "per se" part of this scamp's explanation is the best part. Isn't that the 2nd YSU contract or the 3rd that didn't have a minimum service period without a payback on those recruitment and moving expenses? These Board numbskulls need to take a YSU business class. Strange how the Board is so understanding - I have to figure they're just hoping he'll return the favor and not talk about their incompetence - which sure didn't take him long to figure out and pounce on. Our problem is that we're still stuck with the yahoo's that pass out all this hiring money like it was candy, without nailing down a commitment period. Surely, just to show some kind of pride, just to keep our heads up for the next round, can't this board do without this scamp for a few months? At least try to muster some kind of managerial life sign, for pity sakes folks!! Also, isn't that new Enrollment VP Swegan commuting from his old digs? Didn't even move here. That Board sure doesn't expect much commitment for their paychecks.

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33DwightK(1256 comments)posted 7 months ago

Keep him on for 6 months and relocate his office to the basement of Cushwa. Also, any perks not listed in his contract should be gone including reserved parking spaces, free meals and an experienced administrative assistant.

There's no reason this has to be a pleasant 6 months.

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34Millerh113(126 comments)posted 7 months ago

Garg, Meshel, et al are a disgrace to their positions. The bungled this hiring job and now we are going to trust them with another. What could possibly go wrong?... Take Mr. Dunn with his dime-a-dozen doctorate of education degree to the Ohio Turnpike and bid him a fond adieu. ( No PhD thinks much of an Ed.D.)

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35123goz(580 comments)posted 7 months ago

Yes the man is entitled to skip out for his next better paying gig. No problem with that. The outrage begins by us finding out because of a school newspaper, not from the horses as... er, mouth. He new he was hired and could have called in the BOT and let everybody in on his plans. Not returning calls and blowing this up is poor biz.

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36wastepro(46 comments)posted 7 months ago

The Trustees need to do a better job with the contract. This guy has no class at all. he never stopped looking

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37Seriouslee(99 comments)posted 7 months ago

Ugh. Dunn handled this poorly, but there is much more to the story that will likely never get out. The leadership of the Board of Trustees is a disaster and everyone knows it. They micro-manage, know nothing about higher education and believe the answer to everything is cuts, cuts, cuts. The last search committee was made up entirely of the Board of Trustees which is NOT the norm in a presidential search. Dunn was unhappy as soon as he got here and at one of his first speeches to new hires at the university basically apologized to them for landing at YSU. He started looking as soon as he arrived--why? terrible Board of Trustees, terrible facilities, and no hope for any real change. Now the BOT will keep Dunn so that he can be the heavy hand in negotiations with no repercussions. And the Board will again be the search committee! Abandon all Hope.

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38uptowngirl(111 comments)posted 7 months ago

This is a slap in the face to Youngstown and YSU. Leaving for a better job after 7 months is unprofessional. I think that the university should get a small desk and sit him in the lobby next to the greeter for the next six months. His title can be "Trustee's folly". He can remove the snow and sweep the grass clippings. Knowing that the "job of your dreams" is opening up in less than a year and taking any job just to have a paycheck is opportunistic.

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39Ridiculous(3 comments)posted 7 months ago

Yes its unprofessional and yes it reflects badly on both parties but worse for YSU! Look clearly there's not as many people that "believe in this valley" anymore and this was but one of the ways this has been demonstrated recently. The Youngstown way is dead and needs to be packed away. Youngstown and YSU have' kept it in the family entirely too long. There's only a few explanations here...He wanted to shake things up and the BOT wanted the status quo, or he got here and decided the golden wrapped package he was promised, contained a fecal sandwich and he got out of dodge. Either way it doesn't make Youngstown look any good. And certainly letting the man stay in your guesthouse, after hes crapped on the rug, is the epitome of helpless and left behind. New blood is a must. Hiring Tressel would be the very zenith of keeping it in the family, and is the last thing Youngstown needs. Penn State was able to seclude themselves because they had money and influence, and look at how that turned out. We have neither, lets try a different tactic.

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40green(34 comments)posted 7 months ago

ysuforever are you freakin kidding me...Harry Meshel as President!! Thats the problem with YSU, we have a 91 year old Board member, who I'm sure is up to date with all the latest technology and academics. The board is at fault for the hiring, they did not do their due diligence and screwed up. Why didn't other universities that interviewed him hire him?? My opinion the board has a responsibility to YSU and they failed, they should be held financially responsible for the costs to hire a new president, let DR. Garg write a check for $100,000.

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41TheLostPatrol(756 comments)posted 7 months ago

Never saw his contract but from the bits and pieces from the articles these past two days it was mentioned that he was required to give 180 Days Notice and it looks like that's what he's done, per his contract? That being said, if it's in his contract and he's abided by that clause of his contract, and not knowing what else is written in his contract, then YSU would have to pay him, I'm assuming, his salary even during the 180 Days since he gave them Notice. So, looks like YSU can either pay him for the next 180 days to sit here at YSU and occupy space or give him a check for the next 179 days and let him leave.

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42godandcountry(13 comments)posted 7 months ago

Folks, you're all missing a crucial factor here: the godawful monstrosity called the Pollock House! I get depressed just looking at that dull, dour "residence." What's that color? "River Bottom Mud"? "Vintage Sludge"? "Last Week's Green Beans"? For all the renovation, it has absolutely no character, from the nondescript parking area up to the bland, monotonous eaves. Maybe it's supposed to be like that; I'm no historian of architecture. I mean, I'd love to make 375K, but I'm not sure even that would be enough to make me want to call that awful place "home."

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43endthismess(307 comments)posted 7 months ago

Send this carpetbagger out of here. Folks, he never stopped looking for another job when he arrived and... he was not the first choice either. Also, he never stopped looking while he was at his last job. This carpetbagger has a large problem with one word...commitment. Apparently he has an OCD attached to constantly looking for work. DUMP HIM NOW and cut all losses. Who wants this vocational runaway on payroll...now. Who can trust him or anything he has to say. GO.

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44formerdemliberal(182 comments)posted 7 months ago


Get used to it. Most high-level college administrators are nothing more than carpetbaggers who sometimes will stay at the same university position for 20+ years if they find a school that is sucker enough to accept their smoke-and-mirrors mediocre performance despite compensating these losers at current market salaries.

Others like Dr. Dunn continually move on to other positions before their level of incompetence ever catches up to them.

Google search "Dr. Gordon Gee" to learn about the "distinguished" career of the Godfather of University President sleazeball carpetbaggers.

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45handymandave(474 comments)posted 7 months ago

The best was yesterday when I heard Garg say that he hoped the recruiting agency that found Dunn would find another candidate for YSU for free. Yep, I imagine they'll be all over that idea.

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46natureman(66 comments)posted 7 months ago

Dr, Dunn should be ashamed of himself for accepting the Youngstown presidency in the first place. It is criminal that the university has spent so much time and money and he can just walk away. The public should be made aware of just exactly what was in his contract that enables him to do this.
The city of Youngstown is sorely lacking in good leadership. Perhaps that is why so many of our children have to leave the area to seek work in other cities. We need to clean up all the corruption and poor leadership if we ever want Youngstown to become a positive community.

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47joemamma(61 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

dunn is a dick!

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48zz3(931 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Why would anyone appoint Garg as trustee?? Just because he is a Doctor?? It makes him a good business person right? Wrong> Worked with doctors for years and conclusion is: they should make them take business courses with their doctorate!! As a rule they are the dumbest at business sense and try to save a dollar and end up spending 10 to fix what they tried to fix with $1!! Let the dumb a*s Garg foot the $109K or take it out of Dunns salary spent for nothing!!!! What MORON would draft a contract without a EARLY TERMINATION clause. (Garg if your reading you can look that up on the internet to find out what that is). You may want to think about that before you let these bozos loose hiring again. Get Tressel and be done with it!! If he comes? Other than that you can look forward to YSU becoming a thiing of the past like Thugstown

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49HSG(123 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

What is needed is a new board of trustees. The current one failed miserably in the most important hire of the past five years.

What is not needed is a football coach, locally lionized but nationally disgraced, posing as leader of an academic institution.

Several posters make valid comments about the community at large.

Sadly, not all that much to discuss on that front, but hey, the trustees voted to increase tuition, that is newsworthy!

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50handymandave(474 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Is garg part chimpanzee or am i imagining it? i can't look at his face without thinking it.

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