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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Youngstown State University has officially taken action, and will begin the search for a new president.

On Wednesday evening, the Board of Trustees met behind closed doors for more than two hours. Following the executive session the board announced they will hire AGB Search Inc. out of Washington D.C. to assist with the search for the university's next president.

The search firm is the same company that helped select Dr. Randy Dunn for the presidential position.

Dunn announced last week that he would resign as president, effective August 16th, after only seven months on the job. Because of Dunn's early departure, AGB Search Inc. is required to conduct the search for free.

"I am glad they are keeping up with their contract," said Board Chair Dr. Sudershan Garg.

The company's fee for the last search was $65,000. The university will still be responsible for other costs, such as flying in any candidates.


Since Dunn's announced his departure, dozens of community leaders have thrown their support behind former YSU and Ohio State Buckeyes football coach Jim Tressel for the position.

But trustees continue emphasize a proper selection process must be followed.

"I would hope that Jim Tressel would apply for presidency, but he has to apply for it," said Garg.

Garg also said that the fact that Jim Tressel does not hold a doctorates degree, would not be held against him.

Trustees hope to have a new president selected before June 30th. If a president is not chosen by the end of June, the university will look for an interim replacement. That's because Provost Dr. Ikram Khawaja, who would fill Dr. Dunn's position if need-be, is scheduled to retire on that date.

Garg says, the provost would however take over if Dunn were to leave before June 30th, which would also be before Dunn's 180-day resignation notice.

"I think we will leave the decision to him (Dunn), we will not be unhappy if he (Dunn) wants to leave before June 30th," said Garg.

If the university needs to hire an interim president, Garg says they will use AGB Search Inc. for that process as well. However, Garg says they will have to pay $15,000 since it is a separate search.

The goal is to select a new president before selecting a new provost, allowing the president-elect to weigh in on the hiring of the next provost.

"At this time we will run the university from day-to-day," said Garg.









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