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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Youngstown State University trustees chose a new President Friday.

YSU trustees chose Dr. Randy Dunn to be the next president of the university.

Dunn is the current president of Murray State University in Kentucky.

The trustees say they chose Dunn for his experience and his enthusiasm to take YSU to new markets and increase enrollment.

"He was a very great communicator. He has a clear vision. He has great experience having served at Murray State for the past six years and I think he'll do a fantastic job here," Chairman Dr. Sudershan Grag says.

Dunn's contract was not renewed at Murray State and was to run out late this year but that did not concern the trustees.

"The board did not extend his contract. It doesn't mean the guy failed. Sometimes there can be differences of opinion between the board and the president," says Garg.

21 News talked to Dr. Dunn last week. He told us he was eager to start new programs at YSU and he spoke about his successes with fundraising and that is something that has become increasingly important to YSU.

"In three years, we were able to raise about $70,000,000 beating our target of $60,000,000. The other thing I'm particularly proud of is half of that money we raised in that campaign at Murray State, where I am presently, went for scholarship endowments," Dunn says.  

YSU's current president, Dr. Cynthia Anderson says Dunn will have a great staff and student population to work with.

"We have a wonderful group of colleagues with which to work and they will be very supportive and I know that YSU has a very bright future," says Anderson.

He will meet with trustees and university attorneys next week to hammer out a contract.

He is expected to officially take office on July 15.

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