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Dr. Randy Dunn's last day as YSU president will be March 21st

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Dr. Randy Dunn's last day as Youngstown State University president will be Friday, March 21st.

The Wednesday evening board of trustees meeting at YSU began with Dr. Dunn present and then they immediately went into executive session.

Nearly two and a half hours later, the board re-emerged without Dunn to approve the new conditions to an agreement he reached with the university two weeks ago when he accepted the presidency at Southern Illinois University.

Instead of an August 16th end date, the board waived the 180 day written notice of resignation, by Dunn's request, and permitted his last day to be March 21st.

Dr. Sudershan Garg, chairman of the YSU Board of Trustees says, "We want to put the old chapter behind us and we want to move forward. I think this is the best approach the board thought to be appropriate at this stage."

Dr. Dunn and the board also agreed that no further salary payments will be made beyond the 21st as well as no payments for accumulation of sick leave. However, the president will be entitled to vacation pay.

Garg explains, "That way the university will save almost five months off his salary if he had stayed until the 16th of August."

Dunn and his wife, will have 30 days to move out of the Pollock House after the 21st.

To have a president only serve for seven months before taking another job has raised questions about what terms will be in place in the next president's contract.

"I think we will have to look at that when the president comes and attorneys on behalf of the university and the attorneys on behalf of the new president will have to work out the deal," Garg said.

Dunn told the university's public information officer that he did not wish to address the media.

The board of trustees went back into executive session to discuss the profile requirements it will submit to AGB Search Incorporated, which will seek candidates for YSU's next president.

Provost Ikram Khawaja will assume presidential duties on an interim basis until he retires on June 30th.

Dr. Garg says the board is hopeful that they will find a new president by then, who will also have input on the hiring of a new provost.

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