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Third candidate shares vision for YSU presidency

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The third and final presidential candidate to visit Youngstown State University faced questions about her vision for the future and her past on Wednesday.

As first revealed in a 21 News investigation, candidate Mary Cullinan survived a no confidence vote from her faculty in her current position as president of Southern Oregon University. Cullinan was the only administrator that survived the vote.

Cullinan admits that working with faculty at SOU was not easy when it came to recent faculty bargaining talks.

"The problem is, when you're cutting costs and you have financial challenges, people are not going to be happy," Cullinan says. "The best I can hope for is that we understand why we're in this situation and that we're rowing together as a university."

Cullinan told listeners at the forum she's well aware that upcoming decisions on how to improve enrollment, manage a tight budget and find common ground with faculty at YSU will not be easy.

"It's not going to be overnight, we've got to look at long-term budget strategies, long-term enrollment strategies, we have to look at the health of the university, we have to look at its relationship to the community," she says.

Just moments after Cullinan finished speaking at Tod Hall, a statement attributed to three unions on campus endorsed Jim Tressel for the post.

YSU's presidential search committee meets Thursday morning, where it's possible a candidate could be chosen and contacted. Trustees would first have to vote at a meeting before an official candidate is announced.

Meanwhile, University of Akron trustees will meet Thursday at 2 p.m. for a special meeting, where it's expected they'll go into executive session, where personnel matters can be discussed.

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