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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Youngstown State University formally welcomes their new president.

On Friday, Dr. Randy Dunn was formally installed as the university's eighth president.

Dunn has been in office since July and has already addressed issues including declining enrollment, budget cuts, and layoffs.

Dunn told reports he even considered canceling the installation ceremony as a cost saving measure.

"We did have some debate as to whether or not to do the ceremony given cost constraint and some of the things the university has had to do in terms of budget retrenchment," said Dunn.

Ultimately, the university decided to move forward with the ceremony but did change it's location from the Stambaugh Auditorium to the Beeghly Center on the campus to cut costs.

"A university is very much about ceremony, about the things we celebrate as part of campus life ultimately we thought we might be able to do it with a little lower production values by keeping it on campus in a fairly low key way," said Dunn.

During Dunn's speech he spoke to a couple hundred people on the history of Youngstown State University and it's mission to fulfill students desires for higher education.

"Nothing in that changes for us now," said Dunn. "It doesn't change in the future even as we seek to strengthen our institutional profile in some pretty significant ways going forward."

Dunn told the crowd that YSU's current operating model can not be sustained much longer with out change.

"So while we anchor ourselves to assured history and value to which we must stead fast, honoring our glorious past...There can also be no doubt that we must be willing to change what we do, how we do it, when we do it, to whom we do it and where we do it for the future," said Dunn.

He spoke of efforts to raise graduation rates and improve retention.

"We are a state comprehensive university, which means if we are true to our calling we must do this reinvention in a way that's still allows us to be stewards of the place we are in," said Dunn.

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