Khawaja retires after more than 40 years at YSU
Hundreds came to Tod Hall and stood in line to bid farewell to Ikram Khawaja, interim president, who retired June 30 after more than four decades at YSU. A native of Pakistan who came to the United States in 1964 and joined the YSU faculty in 1968, Khawaja was chair of the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences for 17 years. He was director of Faculty Relations from 1997 to 2000 and then served as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, retiring from the university in December 2002. He returned in 2005 to serve two more years as interim A&S dean and then became interim provost after the drowning death of Provost Robert Herbert in 2007. Three years later, he accepted the provost position on a permanent basis, and then ascended to interim president when Randy Dunn resigned as president in March.