Wed 8:05pm: YSU approves new president and higher tuition

YOUNGSTOWN New university president Randy Dunn was welcomed by the Youngstown State Board of Trustees this evening after signing his contract just prior to their regular board meeting.

Dunn, currently president of Murray State University, was chosen unanimously in May to take the place of retiring Dr. Cynthia Anderson.

His contract is for three years beginning on July 15 with an annual base compensation of $375,000.

Dunn said the main elements to focus on will be enrollment, stabilizing revenue, and regional outreach- all things he said he worked on at Murray State.

“As I come to Youngstown State, I really do think I don’t want to sound cocky about this but I do really think that I’m going to be able to hit the ground running to be able to move forward with a number of the things that we’re trying to address right now,” he said.

At the meeting the board also approved increasing tuition rates to $3,950 per semester for in-state students and $6,950 for out-of-state students. Students in qualifying counties of Western Pennsylvania will be able to attend for $4,070 per semester.

“With the level we’re looking at for next year, I don’t think we’re violating that principle,” Dunn said of the increase.

Read more about Dunn and his plans for the university in the Thursday Tribune Chronicle.