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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Youngstown State University campus remains in shock following the news that Dr. Randy Dunn is leaving his position to become the president of Southern Illinois University.

Now the YSU Board of Trustees is moving forward with its search to replace a president who they did enjoy working with.

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Sudershan Garg, says he has already received resumes from interested candidates.

But, before the national search process actually begins, YSU Trustees plan to meet to discuss an outline of what they're looking for in the next president.

Just one day after Dr. Dunn announced that he will leave YSU to accept the president's position at SIU, he was visibly back on the job at Youngstown State, attending committee meetings for the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Garg says, "Although the board did feel bad that Dr. Dunn decided to leave without any notification to any board member, including me, the chair, we want to have an amicable relationship for the next six months to come."

Dr. Dunn will have his hands full before he leaves in mid-August.

One major responsibility includes helping negotiate contracts with the university's two largest unions; the Ohio Education Association and the Association of Classified Employees Union. Together the two unions represent nearly 700 employees.

Annette Burden, the President of the YSU OEA, said, "Dr. Dunn actually acted as a conduit between us and the Board of Trustees; giving us a lot of positive input, indicating that he was willing to help us be a part of the solution rather than part of the problem."

Youngstown's mayor was also fond of Dr. Dunn, but is concerned that Dunn's decision to leave YSU could temporarily stifle moving forward.

"I think there are some projects in place that will occur. But I do have a concern about how this is going to work out over the next six months," Mayor McNally said.

And as for the search for a new president, the university wants the best. Some in the community are even tossing around former coach Jim Tressel's name, saying he has the allegiance and staying power YSU needs.

"After we announce the actual process, if Jim Tressel is interested he should apply for it like anybody else. Because we want to treat everybody very fairly," Dr. Garg said.

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