Walter, respectfully disagree. I suspect Anderson didn't accomplish much because she was hamstrung by a micro-managing BOT (Kasich appointees) whose only 'strategy' is cut, cut, cut. And Anderson was president during the contract negotiations that resulted in significant pay cuts for faculty and staff. Now, these rocket scientists are publicly asking Tressel to apply which is incredibly unprofessional and unethical. Think about this--what decent candidate is going to apply knowing the search is already skewed for Tressel? What happens when Tressel turns it down for the Akron job, which is what he's really angling for? You will be left third rate candidates the BOT made finalists fully hoping to rig the search in favor of Jimbo.
March 6, 2014 at 2:04 p.m.
Uh, YSU has neever been 'colleged-up' as far as presidents go--very few have possessed the PH.D (Ed.D is not the same) and the university has never followed best practices for hiring. So maybe, try the industry standard for a change? A search committee comprised of academic and community leaders instead of the entire BOT (again, best practice). The claim that somehow YSU has suffered from an overabundance of academia is laughable, and I won't even touch the "let's just give Tressel a doctorate point"
March 1, 2014 at 4:33 p.m.
God, they sound like giddy little schoolgirls, "he didn't say yes, but he didn't say no" OMG!
February 26, 2014 at 7:56 a.m.
Why isn't anyone outraged that elected officials are trying to influence a university search to hire someone with whom they have political, personal and or business connections? This seems to me a HUGE violation of ethics and misuse of influence given that these officeholders might be in a position to direct or deflect state and federal funds to or from the university.
February 25, 2014 at 2:26 p.m.
Yeah I'm calling BS on the "tens of millions" thing. Doubtful. Also, wouldn't the wealth and donations be a reason NOT to fold to the whims of these "important" people? Doesn't that smack of pay-to play and cronyism? A sitting politician, who has the power to channel state and federal money to the institution blatantly trying to get his buddy the lead job seems to me a bit of a problem, too, no? And it's "elitist" to want the president of the university to possess the industry-wide standard qualifications for the job? If there was a movement to enthrone a football coach with minimum qualifications but lots of "passion" the uproar would be deafening.
February 23, 2014 at 8:49 a.m.
Instead of the tagline "Dunn's departure makes bosses look incompetent and ridiculous" how about "Dunn's departure REVEALS bosses incompetence and ridiculousness"
February 23, 2014 at 8:38 a.m.
Ummm does it occur to any of these folks that the fact that he gave $1 million to YSU might be a reason NOT to make him president? Yes, let's hire the guy who was fired for violating the rules of the body that governed his profession because he gave us money. Can't imagine why people think Youngstown is a corrupt, crony-filled, old-boy network.
February 20, 2014 at 9:17 p.m.
What a fiasco--who in the world that is actually qualified has an application ready to go? One of the Board members or a current YSU administrator--either would be a disaster, and Garg thinks this is a good thing? Get rid of the BOT !
February 19, 2014 at 8:18 a.m.
This is going to be a disaster...
February 18, 2014 at 5:51 p.m.
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.
February 18, 2014 at 5:43 p.m.