Search committee, consultant named for presidential search

A 17-member committee and a Washington D.C. search firm will assist the YSU Board of Trustees in the search for a replacement for President Cynthia E. Anderson.

Anderson announced in December that she will retire July 1, after three years in office.

“There is no more important decision that we will make as trustees than the selection of a university president,” said Sudershan Garg, board chair. “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.”

At a meeting earlier this month, the Board of Trustees voted to hire AGB Search Inc. of Washington D.C. to help direct the national search for the university’s eighth president.

Trustees also appointed a 17-member YSU Presidential Search Advisory Committee to spearhead the search for a new chief executive. Garg will chair the committee.

The Advisory Committee will consult with the Board of Trustees regarding the desirable qualifications and characteristics of the next president and will conduct a national search. AGB Search and the Advisory Committee will create a timetable and a process that will permit the selection no later than the Board of Trustees’ meeting on June 12, 2013. No later than May 15, the committee 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 will be invited to campus for interviews.

Garg said at the meeting that he was looking for a “comprehensive, clean and honest” search that will identify “the best and most competent individual who can guide the university through difficult financial times.” He said four to six months is adequate time to conduct a search. “We will move fast and on an urgent basis,” he said.

He complimented Anderson on her tenure as president. “We hope we can find an individual who can do as good of a job as she did,” he said.

Anderson – the first woman, the first Youngstown native and the first YSU graduate to serve as YSU president – announced her retirement in December. Prior to becoming president, Anderson served in a succession of faculty and administrative positions at YSU, including 15 years as vice president for Student Affairs.

“It has been a distinct honor and privilege – and a dream come true – to serve my beloved alma mater as president over the past two and a half years,” Anderson said in a memo to campus announcing her retirement. “Together, we have accomplished much during very challenging times. I am certain that the university will continue to flourish in the years ahead.”


Members of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee

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.

Atty. Carl Nunziato, YSU graduate and former vice president of National City Bank.

Suzanne Fleming, former coordinator of the Northeast Ohio Regional Leadership Task Force, YSU Center for Human Services Development.