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Youngstown State allows leader to head to SIU

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  • Randy Dunn will become the next president of Southern Illinois University.

    Randy Dunn will become the next president of Southern Illinois University.
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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Youngstown State University has voided the contract of its current president, allowing him to become president of Southern Illinois University.

In a statement late Wednesday, Youngstown State announced Randy Dunn will vacate the university's presidency on March 21 and will have 30 days to move out of the presidential residence. Dunn's contract with the Ohio university required him to give the school 180 days of notice he is leaving.

Youngstown State Board Chairman Sudershan Garg says the agreement allows the university to concentrate on the future.

SIU's board last month hired Dunn to succeed Glenn Poshard, who has said he plans to step down from SIU's helm at the end of June.

Provost Ikram Khawaja will assume the Youngstown State presidency on an interim basis after Dunn's departure.

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