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Dunn could leave YSU by March 31; Provost Khawaja likely interim president

Published: Sun, March 2, 2014 @ 7:54 p.m.

Dunn could leave YSU by March 31; Provost Khawaja likely interim president

Staff report


Youngstown State University trustees will meet this week to discuss an earlier departure for outgoing President Randy J. Dunn.

“I think it may be by the end of March,” said Dr. Sudershan Garg, chairman of YSU trustees.

The meeting is set for Wednesday, and Garg expects it initially will involve the board, who likely will then ask Dunn to join them.

An agreement would have to be worked out between Dunn and the university to allow the earlier exit.

Dunn, president since July, announced Feb. 17 that he would leave YSU for the presidency of Southern Illinois University. Aug. 16 is the effective date of his resignation, the required six months’ notice under his contract.

But Dunn said he would leave earlier if YSU trustees named a replacement and wanted him to go sooner.

If an agreement is reached, trustees likely would appoint Ikram Khawaja, provost and vice president for academic affairs, as interim president.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


1handymandave(474 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

YSU could run the university with just a board of trustees and save thousands of dollars and hopefully quit raising tuition every year. Raising tuition is not helping populate the university with new students, it's scaring them away to other alternatives.

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2123goz(579 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

DO NOT pay this guy to leave. DO NOT give him a parachute. Fire him for cause. He did not show up for events he was to attend, he was AWOL for a weekend. FIRE HIM FOR CAUSE.

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3pwhite1027(106 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Dunn should agree to leave with no further pay. It's the least he could do to demonstrate some type, any type of respect for the institution. Clearly his mind an efforts are elsewhere.

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4theotherside(333 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Looks like Garg and BOT is getting the message. As long as Dunn is camped out on Wick Ave., donors will keep their wallets closed.

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5bgreene(142 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Send this clown packing immediately.
He has not performed his duties as president and has thumbed his nose at the students, faculty, staff, board of trustees, and the community with his behavior. Withhold any pay or benefits and sue him for damages and any costs associated with finding his replacement.

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6lajoci(226 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Should have hired Bill Decatur, from RISD, when they had a chance, as I said back in April:

"The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is annually ranked as one of the top art schools in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranked RISD first amongst Fine Arts programs, above Yale University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Within subdivisions of Fine Arts, the school was ranked 1st in Fashion Design, graphic design, interior Architecture design, glass, and industrial design, 2nd in jewelry design, and printmaking; and 3rd in ceramics, multimedia, painting, photography, and sculpture."

YSU has a prestigious music school and a respected engineering program; Decatur is familiar with Ohio, having worked at Ohio U. and Akron.

Come on, guys! Totally bad mistake hiring Dunn over Decatur.

I said it then, I'll say it now.

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