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YSU president Dr. Randy Dunn resigns effective in August

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YOUGNSTOWN, Ohio - After serving as President of Youngstown State University for only seven months, Dr. Randy Dunn has resigned.

He made the resignation official during an emergency meeting of the University Board of Trustees Monday night.

Dunn says he will resign his position as president effective August 16th.

He says he is going back to his hometown and has accepted the position of President at Southern Illinois University. He says they approached him several times before he finally agreed to talk with them.

"I worked at SIU. a long time. I felt I had some duty to them to have a discussion. Their search consultant is someone that I respect, so I said if they want to talk I'd come talk with them. But to say I'd been angling, or working this since the search moved forward is not the case," says Dunn.

So what does the board of trustees say about a three-year contract they agreed to that allowed a president to leave so quickly?

Board Chair, Dr. Sudershan Garg, says, "Contracts are written and there are always loopholes that can be used by either party to change it. Contracts are written by attorneys."

Dunn addressed the concerns of students and faculty who were surprised and unhappy with his quick exit.

"I understand there is a sense of betrayal or questioning of why I would do such a thing. This was a once in a life time opportunity and by virtue of my contract, as long as I give my 180 days notice. I have not breached it," Dunn said.

The board chair chose his words very carefully explaining the loss of their president just months after he was hired.

"Six or seven months ago we thought we had chosen the best individual and now we feel since we chose the best guy someone stole him away from us," Garg said.

Dr. Garg says it will likely take four to six months to replace Dunn, so they will have him stay on as president until one is found.

The board has the ability to ask him to leave at anytime without having to pay him through the 180 day notice.

The board is expected to meet in the next few days to put a plan in place to search for a successor.

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