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Final candidate for YSU President visits campus

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio- The final of three candidates for the next president of Youngstown State University visited on campus Wednesday.

William R. Decatur, J.D. met with students and faculty during several open forums throughout the day.

Decatur is currently the executive vice president at the Rhode Island School of Design. He also spent time working in the finance and administration offices at Ohio University and the University of Toledo.

Competing for the position of university president, Attorney William Decature spoke to YSU faculty on his experiences dealing with university finances.

Something, faculty members say differs from his competition.

"I think he comes from a different perspective, so it's an interesting contrast," says Nancy Landgraf of YSU.

While Decature spoke on the importance of finances and revenue, he said student success is always the top priority and his vision for the university will include community support.

"I think it is imperative that there be a community conversation about that; not one that goes on endlessly, but there has to be support for that vision," says Decatur.

He questioned how that vision would play into the university's strategic plan; a plan that faculty has been working to develop for about 3 years.

"One of my questions is, there are 31 goals there, what are the priorities? What's the focus and what are the action plans and strategy to achieve these goals?" Decatur asked.

Decatur says he sees the focus being student enrollment and retention.

Other candidates vying for the position have already visited the campus. They include; Jim D. Moran III, Ph.D. and Randy Dunn, Ed. D.

Moran is currently the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Dunn has served as President of Murray State University in Kentucky since 2006.

The University has said they hope to make a final decision no later than June 12th.






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