Update: Youngstown Releases Dunn

Mar 5, 2014

Youngstown State University has voided the contract of its current president, allowing the man to become president of Southern Illinois University.

Credit Murray State University

In a statement late Wednesday, Youngstown State announced Randy Dunn will vacate the university's presidency on March 21 and will have 30 days to move out of the presidential residence.

Dunn's contract with the Ohio university required him to give the school 180 days of notice he is leaving.

Youngstown State Board Chairman Sudershan Garg says the agreement allows the university to concentrate on the future.

SIU's board last month hired Dunn to succeed Glenn Poshard, who has said he plans to step down from SIU's helm at the end of June.

Provost Ikram Khawaja will assume the Youngstown State presidency on an interim basis after Dunn's departure.


SIU's incoming President is the subject of a special meeting today at his current institution.

Youngstown State University's Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss Randy Dunn's employment.

Dunn was selected last month to be SIU's new CEO, but faced a sharp backlash at Youngstown, where he's been the President for less than a year. The Board at YSU held Dunn to his six-month severance clause, meaning his last day there would come in August.

SIU Board Chair Randal Thomas told reporters last month he expected there to be some negotiation in terms of when Dunn could actually start.

Current SIU President Glenn Poshard announced his retirement last year. His last day is June 30.