By Denise Dick
Members of the search committee for a new Youngs-town State University president will be announced next week.
“It will be a smaller committee this time to keep down the expenses,” said Dr. Sudershan Garg, chairman of the YSU trustees.
The announcement will come at the trustees meeting Wednesday.
Last year, the committee included 17 members — all nine trustees, two student trustees and six others.
Earlier this week, the university’s academic senate made a recommendation to be forwarded to trustees that the committee include a faculty member from each college as well as an undergraduate and a graduate student.
The search committee will narrow the list of applicants for the position collected by AGB Search, the Washington, D.C., search firm employed by YSU to do the search. The firm, which also did the search that ultimately led to the selection of Randy J. Dunn as YSU’s eighth president, is waiving its fee since Dunn resigned within a year.
Dunn, president since July, announced Feb. 17 that he had accepted the presidency at Southern Illinois University. Through a contract amendment approved by trustees this week, Dunn will leave office March 21 and move out of the university-owned Pollock House within 30 days after that. He had given six months’ notice as required by the original contract.
Garg said YSU will save between $160,000 and $170,000 in salary and benefits by allowing Dunn to leave this month rather than six months from now.
Ikram Khawaja, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will serve as interim president after Dunn leaves. Garg said Khawaja’s compensation package for that assignment hasn’t been worked out.
Khawaja is overseas and expected to return next week. Garg hasn’t spoken yet to Khawaja about Khawaja’s appointment as interim president.
Trustees hope to have a new president selected by June 30. That’s when Khawaja, who has worked at YSU since 1968, plans to retire.
A concurrent search for a provost also will move forward with the plan for a new president to be appointed first, so that he or she has input in the selection of a provost. The provost is the university’s chief academic officer.