John Dunn (university president)

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John M. Dunn
8th President of
Western Michigan University
In office
Preceded by Diether Haenicke
Succeeded by Edward B. Montgomery
Personal details
Born (1945-10-03) October 3, 1945 (age 72)
Pinckneyville, Illinois
Spouse(s) Linda Dunn
Children Matthew, Michael, Kerry
Alma mater Northern Illinois University, Brigham Young University
Salary $398,200[1]

John M. Dunn (born October 3, 1945)[2][3] was 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 donated his salary increase over his initial $345,000 salary in 2007 to scholarships for WMU students.[8]


  1. ^ WMU board approves 2 percent salary increase
  2. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF) .
  3. ^ John M. Dunn (University of Utah) - Curriculum vitae (CV) Archived 2007-05-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ SIU News Release Archived 2006-09-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ John M. Dunn will serve as SIUC's next provost Archived 2006-09-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ WMU News - John M. Dunn named eighth president of WMU
  7. ^ Biography Archived 2006-08-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Dunn receives salary increase, donates raise back for student aid.

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