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Dunn is sole remaining finalist for president

April 16, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Dr. John Dunn, interim chancellor of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, has been identified as the sole finalist in the search for Western Michigan University's eighth president.

Pending successful outcomes of a site visit to Dunn's campus and contract negotiations with the candidate, the WMU Board of Trustees will vote on his appointment at its April 27 meeting.

WMU Trustee Ken Miller, who led the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, said that late April 14, following campus visits by three of four candidates named earlier this month, the committee met and agreed on Dunn as its considered recommendation to forward to the University's Board of Trustees. Miller said two other candidates in the search, Dr. John Folkins, chief executive officer of the Bowling Green State University Research Institute, and Dr. Avijit Ghosh, dean of the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, were notified of the decision immediately.

"The committee was impressed with Dr. Dunn's credentials and its earlier interaction with him," Miller said. "We were pleased when those who met with him on campus and in the community shared with us the same positive impressions. That feedback was an important part of our recommendation. Now, as part of the board's due diligence, Trustees Sarah DeNooyer, Bill Johnston and myself will visit Chancellor Dunn's campus this week for a site visit and to begin contract negotiations. Assuming those steps go well, the full board could approve Dr. Dunn's appointment when we meet on April 27."

Dunn, who was named Southern Illinois' interim chancellor in November 2006, previously was provost and vice chancellor since 2002. An educator for more than 30 years, he was dean of the University of Utah's College of Health from 1995 to 2002. Before that, he was at Oregon State University for 20 years, last serving as associate provost there from 1990 to 1995. Also at Oregon State, Dunn was assistant dean of Health and Human Performance from 1987 to 1990, chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science from 1980 to 1987 and director of the university's Special Physical and Motor Fitness Clinic.

Dunn, who began his teaching at the University of Connecticut in 1972, earned bachelor's and master's degrees in special education from Northern Illinois University in 1967 and 1969, respectively. He earned his doctoral degree in physical education from Brigham Young University in 1972.

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

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