The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously Friday to offer the position of president to Murray State University President Dr. Randy J. Dunn.
According to a press release on the website of the Youngstown, Ohio university, trustees authorized board Chair Sudershan Garg and Vice Chair John Jakubek to negotiate and execute an employment contract with Dunn. Garg emphasized that the appointment is not final until contract terms can be reached.
Catherine Sivills, MSU’s vice president for communications, confirmed that Dunn planned to accept the offer, but Dunn had no comment Friday night.
Dunn would replace Cynthia E. Anderson, who is retiring June 30 after three years as president and 34 years with the university.
Dunn had also been named as a finalist for the presidency of Illinois State University, but ISU’s board of trustees met on Friday and voted to appoint Timothy Flanagan, president of Framingham State University in Framingham, Mass., as the university’s 18th president.
The YSU board voted to offer the position to Dunn after a five-month national search, the release said. Three finalists for the position visited campus over the past nine days. The board met in closed, executive session Friday afternoon to discuss the candidates and then convened publicly to vote to offer Dunn the position.
“After an extensive national search, detailed examination of each and every candidate and input from hundreds of individuals across the campus and the community, the Board of Trustees believes Dr. Dunn is the ideal match to lead Youngstown State University,” Garg said. “Dr. Dunn has the experience, the character, the personality and the tenacity to face the challenges and to guide the university to new heights in the years ahead.”
Dunn has been president of MSU since December 2006. He previously was State Superintendent of Education for the state of Illinois; an associate professor, professor and department chair of Educational Administration and Higher Education at Southern Illinois University; and assistant professor of Leadership at the University of Memphis. He also previously was superintendent for two school districts, a middle school and grade school principal and an elementary and reading teacher, all in Illinois.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Teacher Education and a master’s degree in Educational Administration and Foundations from Illinois State University and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Illinois.
Dunn is married to Ronda Baker Dunn, educational recovery director for Commissioner Terry Holliday in the Kentucky Department of Education. He has four grown children, the press release said.
YSU is a comprehensive urban research university that offers nearly 14,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs that transform its students into successful professionals, scholars and leaders, the university said.