Eugene Grilli, Youngstown State University’s vice president for finance and administration, will be leaving the university this month. His departure will also be leaving a void in YSU President Randy Dunn’s cabinet.
Grilli accepted the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia this week.
“There are, I guess, several reasons. It is a different type of opportunity for me to pursue. I didn’t seek it; I was contacted by a search form for the position,” Grilli said. “It is a great university, just as Youngstown is, and I have been here for six and a half years, and I am looking for a change.”
Grilli said, despite his excitement for his position, he will miss YSU greatly.
“When I came here, I saw it to be one of the finest universities that a person could either work at or go to as a student. The programs are exceptional. I’ll have mixed emotions about leaving; I am looking forward to the new position, but at the same time, I am going to miss the university and the people here very much,” he said.
This will be the second cabinet position Dunn will be required to fill this year, with Ikram Khawaja, provost and vice president of academic affairs, set to retire on June 30.