A Very Short Presidential Tenure

February 18, 2014

Randy J. Dunn was named Monday as the next president of the Southern Illinois University System, even though he started his current job as president of Youngstown State University on July 15. Dunn has strong ties to SIU (where he taught previously) and to Illinois, where he was state superintendent of education. But it is rare for presidents to accept new presidencies -- even for openings that would seem ideal for them -- after only months in office. Dunn did not respond to an email message asking him about the shift. The Youngstown Vindicator reported that the Youngstown State board held a long, closed meeting with Dunn. Further, the newspaper noted that some faculty members are concerned about a lack of continuity, given that the provost plans to retire in June.


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