Youngstown State president says she'll retire

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- Youngstown State University President Cynthia Anderson says she is retiring.

Anderson will leave July 1 after a four-decade career at the university, which culminated in her becoming president in July 2010. The university announced her retirement Monday.

Anderson informed the board of trustees of her decision last week. Board chairman Sudershan Garg said the search for her replacement will begin immediately.

Anderson is YSU's seventh president and the first woman to hold the post. She's also a Youngstown native and YSU graduate. Prior to becoming president, she served in a succession of faculty and administrative positions, including 15 years as vice president for student affairs.

She said becoming president of her alma mater was a "dream come true."

YSU has more than 13,000 students.