Interviews set for YSU president

YOUNGSTOWN – Eight candidates will soon interview for the position of president at Youngs-town State University.

YSU Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Sudershan Garg said the national search process went well. The board will interview the eight individuals it selected within the next couple of weeks.

“We are looking for a president who can work in current economic environments, have strategic vision to move the university forward, (promote) success for the students, increase enrollment and attract more quality students to YSU so that the university moves forward over the next decade,” he said.

The Youngstown State University Presidential Search Advisory Committee was appointed in January to locate a successor to YSU president Cynthia E. Anderson, who will retire July 1 after three years at the school. AGB Search Inc. in Washington is assisting with the search.

“I think the current president has done a good job, and I would hope that the new president will take some of the things she has done and find some better alternatives to increase enrollment,” Garg said.

“Our enrollment has gone down over the past two years. We would like a strategy to increase the enrollment at YSU because that’s the only way we can survive,” he said.

”If the enrollment goes down, funding from the state goes down, and it is unlikely to increase,” he explained.

After the eight candidates are interviewed, three or four will be selected to visit YSU’s campus for two days each to meet Anderson, visit with the student body, meet various constituents of the university and meet twice with the board members. The candidates also will have the opportunity to greet important figures in the community.

Once the visits are complete, the board will vote on a final candidate, Garg said.

Trustees hope to announce the new president by mid-May.