John Dunn (university president)

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John M. Dunn
8th President of
Western Michigan University
In office
2007 – present
Preceded by Diether Haenicke
Personal details
Born (1945-10-03) October 3, 1945 (age 71)
Pinckneyville, Illinois
Spouse(s) Linda Dunn
Children Matthew, Michael, Kerry
Alma mater Northern Illinois University, Brigham Young University
Salary $398,200[1]
Website Office of the President

John M. Dunn (born October 3, 1945)[2][3] is the eighth president of Western Michigan University. Dunn earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Northern Illinois University, and he earned an Ed.D. in physical education from Brigham Young University.[4]

He began his career in higher education at the University of Connecticut in 1972. He moved to Oregon State University in 1975 and spent the next 20 years there, starting out as an assistant professor of health. He was a professor and associate provost at the time he left in 1995. During his time in Oregon, Dunn also served on the Covallis School Board for 13 years.[5]

Dunn served as the dean of the College of Health at the University of Utah from 1995 to 2002. He next served as provost and vice chancellor and then interim chancellor at Southern Illinois University.[6]

Dunn began his term as president of Western Michigan University on July 1, 2007.[7] Each year he donates his salary increase over his initial $345,000 salary in 2007 to scholarships for WMU students.[8]


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