Three seek YSU presidency

YOUNGSTOWN – Members of the community soon will have the chance to meet with candidates vying for the position of Youngstown State University president.

After conducting a nationwide search and interviewing eight prospective candidates, the YSU Board of Trustees has narrowed it down to three finalists: William R. Decatur, executive vice president of the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; Randy J. Dunn, president of Murray State University, Murray, Ky.; and James D. Moran III, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Decatur, Dunn and Moran are potential successors to current YSU president Cynthia E. Anderson, who will retire July 1 after three years in office.

Open forums with the faculty, academic chairs and academic senate leadership, YSU students, and members of the university and outside community have been scheduled for May 2, 6 and 8 during each candidate’s visit to the campus. The forums for members of the outside community are by invitation only.

Once the visits are complete, the board will vote on a final candidate, YSU Board of Trustees chair Dr. Sudershan Garg said.

The board has called six meetings of its executive committee to be held in early May.

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

More information about YSU’s search is available at