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Special meeting of YSU trustees scheduled to discuss Dr. Dunn's departure date

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - In less than 24 hours, the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting; the topic, an earlier than expected departure by current President Randy Dunn.

Dunn has accepted the job as president at Southern Illinois University, and originally it was believed he would work the 180 days required by his contract. Meaning he would remain at Youngstown State through mid-August.

What's unclear is who asked for the special meeting by the YSU Board of Trustees and Dr. Dunn to discuss Dunn leaving earlier than expected.

Some sources say Dunn could complete his duties at YSU by the end of March.

It's protocol for the university's provost to step in, in the absence of the president, but the question is does the provost still plan to retire in June?

According to YSU's Board of Trustees, they will use the firm hired to look for a new president to hire an interim president in that case.

However, questions remain. If Dr. Dunn leaves early, does YSU have to pay out a portion of his contract? Some sources say that is not likely and that it could be a mutual parting of the ways.

Also, does Dunn's early departure clear the way for former coach Jim Tressel to become YSU's next president?

It's unclear whether Tressel is even interested in the job, but support continues to grow for Tressel.

Members of the YSU Foundation Trustees have sent a letter to the board of trustees throwing their official support behind Tressel.

A letter signed by community leaders and business leaders, including retired mall developer Anthony Cafaro, Sr., reads: "Life teaches us that within obstacles lies opportunity. The sudden departure of Dr. Randy Dunn presents the opportunity to propel our university into a new dynamic and inspiring chapter. Jim would have the shortest learning curve of any individual appointed to the presidential post and would make an immediate positive impact on YSU's reputation and stature. We believe the appointment of Jim Tressel would create a direct correlation to increased enrollment and philanthropy."

It's possible we could know Wednesday night when President Dunn plans to leave YSU and who will take over his duties, and how soon interviews will begin for a new president.

21 News will continue to cover this developing story.

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