YSU trustees offer presidency to Dr. Randy Dunn

Dr. Randy Dunn

Dr. Randy Dunn

The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously today to offer the position of president to Dr. Randy J. Dunn, president of Murray State University in Kentucky.

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.

Dunn would replace Cynthia E. Anderson, who is retiring June 30 after three years as president and 34 years with the university.

The board voted to offer the position to Dunn after a five-month national search. Three finalists for the position visited campus over the past nine days. The board met in closed, executive session this 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.”

Dr. Randy Dunn

Dr. Randy Dunn speaks to YSU students during a visit to campus last week.

Dunn has been president of Murray State University in Kentucky 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 has received more than $800,000 in grant funding for a variety of projects, and has authored dozens of scholarly papers, articles in scholarly and professional journals, book chapters and book reviews on topics ranging from teacher unionism to the relationship between the superintendent and the board. He has a long list of university and professional service and memberships in professional and educational organizations. Among his many honors is Administrator of the Year from the Kentucky Music Educators Association, Outstanding Faculty Member of Hart Residential College at Murray State University and the Alumni Hall of Fame Award from the College of Education at Illinois State University.

His wife is Ronda Baker Dunn, educational recovery director for Commissioner Terry Holliday in the Kentucky Department of Education. He has four grown children.

Read Dunn’s full vitae at http://web.ysu.edu/gen/ysu_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/Randy_J._Dunn_Ed.D.pdf.

Youngstown State University 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. Located in the heart of the Tech Belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, YSU provides opportunities for students to actively participate with accomplished faculty, often in one-on-one settings, on advanced research and creative collaborations. The 145-acre campus includes high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art labs and performance facilities, a variety of on-campus housing options and recreational facilities among the best in the nation. The university’s 18 athletics teams, including the four-time national champion football team, compete on the Division I NCAA level. For more information, visit www.ysu.edu.