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Capri Cafaro steps down as YSU trustee, ending term five years early

Cafaro, a former Ohio state senator, cited other obligations that required her attention. She's previously spoken out about YSU's approach to academic reorganization.
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YOUNGSTOWN — Capri Cafaro has stepped down from her seat on the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees, Mahoning Matters learned Friday.

Cafaro, a former Democratic leader of the Ohio State Senate, was appointed to a nine-year term in June 2017, and would have served until June 2026. She currently works as an executive-in-residence at American University’s School of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. 

Cafaro informed YSU President Jim Tressel of her immediate resignation following an Oct. 25 trustees meeting, she told Mahoning Matters.

In her formal resignation emailed Oct. 27, Cafaro said she needed to focus on other obligtions like her teaching schedule and two internationally-based visiting fellowships, and that she would not be able to attend in-person meetings as required by Ohio Revised Code.

Cafaro told Mahoning Matters she “thought it was most responsible to step down.”

When asked if Cafaro was in favor of faculty and academic program cuts underway at the university, she declined to comment, but told Mahoning Matters she has spoken out against them.

“Throughout the last year, I have consistently raised questions and concerns about the administration’s approach to reorganizing academic programs and that is a well-known fact,” Cafaro said.

YSU recently named two buildings for Cafaro family members to recognize a donation from John J. and Janet Cafaro and their daughters, Capri Silvestri Cafaro and Renee Lynne Cafaro.

YSU changed the Lincoln Building on campus to J.J. and Janet Cafaro Hall, and changed the adjacent Phelps Building to the Ronald G. Silvestri Hall.

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