The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees seeks the next President of the University to continue the appropriate transformation of YSU to a sustainable future.
Youngstown State University (YSU) is a comprehensive, public institution and a major driver of the region's economy, playing an enormous role in the educational, financial, and social well-being of Northeast Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and beyond. With nearly 11,000 students, more than 1,500 employees, and nearly 113,000 alumni around the world, YSU embraces the important role it plays in enhancing the futures of our students by empowering them to discover, disseminate, and apply their knowledge. Now entering its 115th year, Youngstown State University remains committed to increasing excellence in all that it does and to providing the leadership and opportunities needed to make the region a better place to live, learn, and succeed.
To ensure continued momentum implementing the Plan for Strategic Actions to Take Charge of Our Future and an adopted multi-year plan for a vibrant future state, the new president must have a demonstrated understanding, agreement, and commitment to the vision, mission, and strategic path being pursued by the current leadership and the Board. This individual will be knowledgeable about the challenges, opportunities, and inner workings of higher education from regional, state, and national perspectives. In particular, the selected individual will be astute in understanding the relationship between the vibrancy of YSU and the sustainable prosperity of the region given the innovations that must emerge to adjust the traditional business model of higher education.
It is anticipated the successful candidate will have substantial leadership experience, preferably in a higher education environment with a terminal degree, or an appropriate level of executive management experiences that will facilitate the success of the institution and its collective impact with the region and beyond. The selected individual's disposition must be one that can manage the concept of shared governance of a Master's-Large and unionized institution in the context that the president and the Board share responsibility for consequential decisions that align with State of Ohio and Higher Learning Commission standards for fiscal integrity and sustainability.
WittKieffer is assisting Youngstown State University's Board of Trustees as the Board considers candidates and ultimately appoints the next president. A Board of Trustees Presidential Search Guidance Committee is responsible for overseeing recruitment of candidates, performing initial candidate screening, assessment, interviewing, and making a final recommendation to the Board of Trustees. The Board will conduct its due diligence and make a final appointment.
All deliberations of the Committee and of the Board will be conducted in executive session. Review of candidates will begin in early October with the intent of having a new president in place no later than mid-2024. Inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest should be made to WittKieffer by contacting John Thornburgh and Lauren Bruce-Stets via YSUPresident@wittkieffer.com.
Youngstown State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, age, religion or veteran/military status in its programs and activities.