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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Monday marked the first day of work for Gary Swegan.  He's been hired by Youngstown State University to serve as the chief enrollment office in hopes he will be able to address the university's declining enrollment problem.

"I think the short term goal is we need to stabilize the enrollment and that is what I am gathering from those that I will be reporting to, that first and foremost we need to stabilize enrollment," said YSU chief enrollment officer Gary Swegan.

Swegan comes to YSU from Bowling Green State University, where he helped increase enrollment by more than 15% over a six year period.  At YSU, enrollment has been on the decline for three straight years.  The school, which at one time had more than 15,000 students, enrolled just over 13,000 this fall.  

"Turn arounds never happen over night, but I do think this institution has assets and we can and will capitalize them." said Swegan.

Although, Swegan says that will take resources and the university is already operating with less money due to cuts in state funding.   Swegan says early meetings with staff indicate the university may have to step outside its traditional areas to attract students and potentially find ways to draw students from community colleges to YSU to finish their degrees. 

Swegan signed a three year contract with Youngstown State University.  It expires in June of 2016.

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