YSU appoints heads of Student Success, Research and Graduate Studies

The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees’ Academic Affairs Committee today approved the appointment of three individuals to fill leadership positions in the Division of Academic Affairs:

Michael Reagle

Michael Reagle

Michael Reagle has been appointed associate vice president for Student Success. He will oversee services and initiatives related to student retention, completion and success. Reagle comes to YSU after 14 years as associate vice president for Campus Life at Eastern Kentucky University. He previously was dean of Students at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, and associate dean of Students at California Baptist College in Riverside Calif. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Seton Hall University, a master’s degree in College Counseling and Student Personnel Administration from the University of Delaware and a doctor of Education in Institutional Management from Pepperdine University.

Mike Hripko

Mike Hripko

Mike Hripko has been appointed associate vice president for Research. He will provide leadership and strategic direction for advancing scholarship, research, grant activity and technology transfer at the university. A native of Youngstown, Hripko is deputy director for Workforce and Educational Outreach at America Makes in Youngstown. He previously was director of STEM Research and Technology-based Economic Development at YSU and also spent more than 30 years at Delphi Corp. in a variety of roles, including manager of Product Management and Pricing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Dayton, a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa and a master’s of Business Administration degree from Kent State University.

Sal Sanders

Sal Sanders

Sal Sanders has been appointed dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Sanders is an associate professor in the Department of Health Professions at YSU and has been associate dean of Graduate Studies at YSU since 2013. He came to YSU in 1999 as instructional technology specialist and has served in a variety of roles since, including interim director of Media and Academic Computing, director of Distance Learning in the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services and interim director of the master of Respiratory Care Program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Allied Health from YSU, a master’s degree in Technical Education from the University of Akron and a doctorate in Secondary Education from the University of Akron.