John M. Dunn
Western Michigan University
John M. Dunn became the eighth president of Western Michigan University on July 1, 2007. Formerly the interim chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he has also held teaching, research and administrative appointments at the University of Utah, Oregon State University and the University of Connecticut.
John is internationally recognized for his efforts to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities, specifically their long-term health. He has published many scholarly papers, developed innovative graduate programs, secured external grants and contracts and established a clinic to serve children and youth with special needs. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and has been invited to speak throughout the United States and abroad. In recognition of his efforts, John has received numerous awards for his scholarship, teaching and leadership and has held offices in several professional organizations.
John received his bachelor’s degree in 1967 and master’s degree in 1969 from Northern Illinois University. He received a doctorate from Brigham Young University in 1972.