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KENT, OH (WOIO) -

11 Faculty members took out a full page ad in the Kent State campus newspaper telling everyone they are embarrassed about how the search for a new University President has been handled. 

Kent State spent the last seven months and $250,000 with the research firm Storbeck Pimental and Associations in Pennsylvania searching for a new president before finally giving the job to Beverly Warren.

The University has handed over to media outlets through open records requests more 500 documents including 20 names of applicants and expense records.

"We are not trying to hid anything. We are trying to hand over everything we have in our possession and we believe we have done that," said Eric Mansfield, Executive Director, Kent State University Media Relations.

Kent State has refused to hand over their final list of potential candidates.

The Kent State student newspaper and some faculty are not happy.

"What has Kent State done? It has refused to provide records. It has shredded those records. Is that OK with the Attorney General. What will the Governor do?" asked Karl Idsvoog with Kent State School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The ad was taken out in the Daily Kent Stater.

The instructors are questioning Kent State's transparency and ethics. 

"We have an agreement between this university and a private firm in Pennsylvania that allows that firm to determine what is public record in Ohio. Not a single Dean objects?  Not a single Department Chair objects?" complained instructor Idsvoog.

Kent State officials say some of their finalists might not want their current employer to know they were thinking about leaving.

"The Board believes confidentially at least towards an end of a search brings in the best candidates and this is a best practice used by major Universities and research Universities across the Country," stated Eric Mansfield.

The University of Akron is currently searching for a president and has put all three of their finalists on their website.

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