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Free tickets required for president's inauguration

March 10, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Guests from around the state and nation will join with the Western Michigan University community to celebrate the inauguration Monday, March 24, of Dr. John M. Dunn as the eighth president of WMU.

The ceremony, set for 4 p.m. in Miller Auditorium, will formally install Dunn as president, a position he assumed last July 1 following a nationwide search led by the chair of the WMU Board of Trustees, Kenneth Miller. Miller will preside over the ceremony, which will include remarks by Dunn as well as brief comments by a number of University officials and guests.

The inauguration is open to the public, but those planning to attend must secure a free complimentary ticket from Miller Auditorium by calling (269) 387-2300.

The event will begin with a formal academic procession that will include WMU faculty, staff and administration as well as invited guests from a number of institutions. Political and business leaders from around the state, county and city also will be in attendance.

Prior to coming to WMU, Dunn served as interim chancellor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Before accepting that appointment, he held the position of provost and vice chancellor at SIUC. Dunn's career also has included academic leadership positions at the University of Utah and Oregon State University.

An educator for more than 30 years, he is internationally known for his research and writing about the long-term health of individuals with disabilities, Dunn is the author of more than 50 professional papers and book chapters. He also is president this year of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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