Presidential Search

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The Youngstown State University Presidential Search is now completed. The YSU Board of Trustees passed a resolution naming Congressman William (Bill) Johnson as the university's 10th president at a meeting on November 21, 2023.

Read YSU BOT Chair, Michael Peterson's comments from the December 7 meeting of the board.

Search History - The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees announced a national search for YSU’s 10th president in May 2023. In June, the board passed a resolution identifying WittKieffer as the search firm to assist in the recruitment of candidates.


Presidential Search/Transition Communications to Campus

Presidential Search Constituency Group

  • Professor Chet Cooper, prior and incoming President of the Academic Senate
  • Provost Brien Smith
  • Vice Provost Jenn Pintar
  • Associate Provost and Dean of the Honors College Amy Cossentino
  • Vice presidents Holly Jacobs, Neal McNally, Jennifer Oddo and Mike Sherman
  • Jennifer Lewis-Aey, Executive Director of HR
  • Paul McFadden, President of the YSU Foundation
  • Shawn Varso, Chief of Police
  • Student Trustees Julie Centofani and Natalie Dando
  • Trustees Mike Peterson, Chuck George, Anita Hackstedde, Sergul Erzurum, Richard Fryda, Joe Kerola, Allen Ryan and Molly Seals.


President Elect, Bill Johnson's interview with WKBN


YSU Board Chair, Michael Peterson's interview with WKBN

To assure continued momentum implementing the Plan for Strategic Actions to Take Charge of Our Future and to implement an adopted multi-year plan for a vibrant future state, the Board of Trustees of Youngstown State University will attract and select to serve as President an individual who will continue the appropriate transformation of YSU to a sustainable future.

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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 or activities.


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A Board of Trustees Presidential Search Guidance Committee is responsible for overseeing recruitment of candidates, performing initial candidate screening, assessment, interviewing, and making a recommendation on finalist(s) 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 an 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