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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Youngstown State University faculty, students and the community got an opportunity to meet the second of three candidates who could become the university's next president.

Jim Moran, vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education told faculty they are the strength of the university critical to student success.

Moran said his number one priority will be student retention. His strengths are his passion and commitment for helping students become successful.

"I've been a faculty member, department chair, dean, worked as vice president for research, work now in the state system of education in Pennsylvania," he said. "We deal with 14 universtities and our major focus is on student success."

Students like Tiffany Varney had an opportunity to meet Moran and ask questions.

Varney asked how he would increase student graduation rates since Gov. John Kasich is tying funding to universities based on student retention.

"I think instituting a program where employment emphasis goes toward those students the priority for employing them was impressive," Varney said after the Q and A session. "He makes a valid point about what it will take to retain those students."

Nancy Landgraff, chair of the Physical Therapy Department believes Moran was well prepared.

"He seems like a collaborator interested in what faculty and students, as well as administation, say," she said. "He would be working with people to find solutions so it's going to be a tough battle."

Some say he was short on specifics but didn't want to share their views on camera.

They will have an opportunity to evaluate the top three candidates online.

The time for students and faculty to comment regarding Moran ends 10 p.m. Tuesday.

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