John Dunn sitting on a bench outside

Messages to the University community

Statement on President Trump's immigration executive order
Jan. 30, 2017
On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order banning all immigration from seven predominantly Muslim nations. Please join me in taking every proactive step possible to let all international students know that we as a university community welcome and support them.

President's Perspective
Jan. 9, 2017
The spring semester is upon us, and with the dizzying speed of events over the past few weeks, this promises to be an action-packed semester that unfolds quickly.

Statement on the Dec. 8 Off-Campus Shooting
Dec. 9, 2016
The University has learned that the victim of last night's shooting was a WMU student.

The Post-Election Bronco Spirit
Nov. 9, 2016
The people have spoken and elected Donald Trump as the nation’s president. I ask, regardless of your political persuasion and candidate of choice, that you accept the election outcome in the Bronco spirit of civility, respect and courtesy.

An Election Message from President Dunn
Nov. 1, 2016
The 2016 U.S. presidential campaign ends Tuesday, Nov. 8. Earlier today, I taped a message, primarily for our students, simply asking that they take heart, keep this polarized election in perspective and plan to vote.

State of the University
Sept. 30, 2016

President's Perspective
Sept. 6, 2016
Welcome back for the 2016-17 academic year. We're off and running—literally. I can't remember ever seeing a school year start at the pace of this one. 

A Year of Change
Aug. 1, 2016
I have informed our Board of Trustees that I plan to retire at the end of my current term—on June 30, 2017. But, there remains much to be done. My goal is to do all that I can to continue the University's forward movement, accelerating and expanding upon what we have already begun together.

A New Health Plan Option for 2017
July 22, 2016
A committee comprised of representatives from all the benefits-eligible campus employee groups has been working since September to identify a less expensive health care plan option, which will be added as an option—an alternative to the BCBSM PPO that WMU already offers to employees—beginning in January 2017.

Orlando Shooting Statement
June 17, 2016
Late this week a rainbow flag was raised on a flagpole in the center of our campus. Once raised, it was promptly lowered to half staff—a symbolic move to honor those lost as a result of the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando.

Respecting Differences 2016: Bridging the Generational Divide
March 21, 2016
As stakeholders of Western Michigan University, we carry a collective responsibility for creating an environment where every person can be respected, appreciated, and have an opportunity to succeed.

WMU Alert System
Feb. 21, 2016
We're tremendously saddened by the senseless acts of violence that occurred Feb. 20 and join the wider Kalamazoo county community in its grief.

President's Perspective
Jan. 11, 2016
Welcome back for the start of the spring 2016 semester. A lot has happened over the past month, and we're poised to launch a semester full of accomplishment and celebration.