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YSU trustees surprised that finalist a subject of "no confidence" vote

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Youngstown State University trustees were unaware that Mary Cullinan survived a no confidence vote from her faculty when they placed her on the short list of candidates for the President position.

The chairman of YSU's board of trustees, Dr. Garg, said he has a lot of questions that need to be answered and it's something the full board needs to talk about.

Presidential finalist Mary Cullinan spoke to 21 News reporter Michelle Nicks on Thursday.

Cullinan attributed narrowly escaping the no confidence vote to making tough decisions on campus, but it was a vote that could have cost her, her job.

In response to on-going budget problems at Southern Oregon University, three administrators, including President Mary Cullinan were subject to a no confidence vote by faculty members back in March.

"This was a difficult year financially, and we had bargaining negotiations that were very, very, tense I would say," explained Cullinan.

Cullinan was the only administrator that survived the vote.

"Bargaining was very difficult this year, and there was a lot of frustration on all sides I would say. And, so they went forward and took what they would call a confidence vote. They were unhappy in general, with the bargaining team and two of my vice-presidents were on that bargaining team, and it's just very confrontational," said Cullinan.

She is working to mend fences and move forward at SOU, and is also now preparing to visit Youngstown State University's campus next week as one of three finalists for YSU's Presidency.

Cullinan added, "I've had to make some very difficult decision in my years here in Oregon. But, I've also helped to really, strengthen the programs that need to be strengthened, put our resources where we need to put our resources."

The Executive Search Committee said they did recommend her, but it is up to the Board of Trustees to vet the candidates, and they won't be fully vetted until a final decision is made.

21 News also checked out another of the candidates on Youngstown State University's short list and found out he's also looking at a job in Buffalo.

Gary Miller visited the New York campus of Buffalo State on Tuesday. He's one of three finalists for the President's job there and at Y.S.U. Miller is currently the Chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He'll be on the YSU. campus Tuesday.

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