Dr. Dunn coming home to Illinois
Dr. Randy Dunn, a graduate of Westmer High School, was named the president of the University of Southern Illinois in Carbondale on Monday.
Previously Dunn had been president of Youngstown State University in Ohio for the seven months prior to his appointment at SIUC. Before that he was the president of Murray State University from 2006-2013.
Dunn was elected to the Mercer County High School Hall of Fame last year largely on his accomplishments since graduation. Dunn was the Salutatorian of the Westmer High School Class of 1976,
He has held several diverse roles in education including superintendent of schools, building principal and classroom teacher.
Dr. Dunn earned his bachelor's degree in Teacher Education and a master's degree in Educational Administration and Foundations from Illinois State University and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Illinois. He also served as the State of Illinois' Superintendent of Education.
He was a professor at the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale before where he also served as department chair.
Dunn has written over 27 scholarly papers with 25 or more articles published, scribed four book chapters and two book reviews.
Among his many awards in the past are included administrator of the year, outstanding faculty member and distinguished alumni.