YSU trustees appoint presidential search committee, consultant

The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees today hired a consultant firm and appointed a committee to assist in the search for a new president.

President Cynthia E. Anderson announced in December that she will retire July 1 after three years in office.

At a meeting this afternoon, the board voted to hire AGB Search Inc. in Washington D.C. to help direct the national search for Anderson’s replacement.

Trustees also appointed a 17-member YSU Presidential Search Advisory Committee to spearhead the search for a new chief executive. Members of the committee are: YSU Trustees Scott Schulick, John Jakubek, Sudershan Garg (chair), Harry Meshel, Carole Weimer, Leonard Schiavone, Delores Crawford, David Deibel and James Greene; Student Trustees Joshua Prest and Melissa Wasser; former Trustees Eugenia Atkinson and Donald Cagigas; Bege Bowers, retired associate YSU provost; Chet Cooper, professor of Biological Sciences and president of the YSU Academic Senate; YSU graduate and former vice president of National City Bank Carl Nunziato; and Suzanne Fleming, former coordinator of the Northeast Ohio Regional Leadership Task Force, YSU Center for Human Services Development.

“There is no more important decision that we will make as trustees than the selection of a university president,” Garg said. “We are confident that our search will elicit much interest from highly qualified candidates across the country, and we look forward to a search that will be comprehensive, transparent and inclusive.”

AGB Search and the Search Advisory Committee will create a timetable and a process that will permit the selection of the next president no later that the Board of Trustees’ meeting on June 12, 2013. The committee, no later than May 15, will present to the Board of Trustees, without ranking, no more than five and no less than three candidates determined to be the best qualified. The board will determine which of the candidates to invite to campus for interviews.

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