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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - As the seventh President of Youngstown State University, some things about Cynthia Anderson stand out.

She is the first woman and the first YSU graduate to rise to the universities highest office. On Tuesday, she gave her final address and was asked to share reflections about her life and career at YSU.

"But also know that it is impossible to talk about 40 years in 20 minutes, so please bear with me," Anderson said.

Anderson said her most memorable moments have always been the students and their achievements.

"Our students as the proudly walk across the stage at graduation ... our students as they receive awards from their community as well as from across this nation ... our students as they compete excel and win competitions literally across this entire country and beyond," she said.

Everyone says Dr. Anderson has a passion for student success.

"And that's come through so clearly in all of the initiatives that she's undertaken during the last three years," said YSU trustee Carole Weimer.

Anderson said the challenges facing the university include reduced revenue from declining enrollment.

"Vice President Fahey and his staff are working very hard to increase our visibility and expand our marketing to beyond the east and the west to engage prospective students in the ysu experience," Anderson said.

Her address had several lighter moments as she talked about the time she agreed to sit in a dunking tank in the middle of campus to raise money for a student charity.

"That dunking tank earned $3,000," she said.

Anderson said she has been asked how she wants to be remembered and she finally had an answer Tuesday.

"As a good and decent person whose career passion was to serve students in any way she was capable. What could possibly be a better legacy than that?" she said.

 

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