President Randy J.  Dunn, PhD

President Randy J. Dunn, PhD

Dr. Randy J. Dunn was selected to become the eighth president of the Southern Illinois University System on February 17, 2014, and he began his official duties at the University on May 1. Prior to coming to Southern Illinois, Dunn served as president at two other state institutions—Murray State University in Kentucky (2006-2013) and Youngstown State University in Ohio (2013-2014). Before that, Dunn was the state superintendent of education, appointed to that role by the Illinois State Board of Education. Dunn started at the Carbondale campus as an associate professor in 1995 and was named department chair in 2000, before leaving to assume the state superintendency. During his term as chair, he also taught in the joint doctoral program in educational leadership at SIU Edwardsville. Dunn began his academic career as an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership at The University of Memphis for two years before taking his faculty post at Southern Illinois University.