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Former chancellor to speak at commencement ceremony

Former chancellor to speak at commencement ceremony

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 11:20 am

The Messenger 05.05.10
The University of Tennessee at Martin commencement will be May 15, with UT Martin chancellor emeritus Dr. Nick Dunagan delivering the commencement address.
The event is set for 11 a.m. in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center, where 744 graduates are slated to receive diplomas.
UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes will preside over the exercises and Dr. Jan Simek, University of Tennessee interim president, will confer degrees.
Dr. Jerry Gresham, UT Alumni Association Alumni Distinguished Service Professor, will be the mace bearer and the processional marshals will be Jenna Wright, faculty senate president; Dr. Janet Wilbert, faculty senate vice president; Dr. Jerald Ogg, vice chancellor for academic affairs; and Dr. Margaret Toston, vice chancellor for student affairs. Delana Easley, UT Martin accompanist, will perform the processional and recessional music.
Immediately following commencement, a reception will be hosted in Skyhawk Fieldhouse.
A live Web cast of the commencement ceremony will be available at
Dunagan began his work at UT Martin in 1973 as director of development. Some of his job assignments while at UT Martin included executive vice chancellor, vice chancellor for student affairs and vice chancellor for development and administration.
Before being named UT Martin’s eighth chancellor in April 2001, he also served as interim chancellor three times (1985-86, 1997-98, 2000-01) and as executive director of WestStar, the university’s regional leadership program for West Tennessee. He retired as chancellor in June 2007.
Dunagan is a member of Weakley County Economic Development Board, Volunteer Community Hospital board of trustees and the Ned Ray McWherter Monument Commission. He was selected the 2006 Weakley Countian of the Year by the Weakley County Chamber of Commerce. He also received the 2006 Otis L. Floyd Award for Excellence in Administration, presented by the Tennessee College Public Relations Association.
A native of Caruthersville, Mo., he is a 1968 UT Martin graduate and a 1971 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law and received a doctorate in higher education administration in 1990 from Vanderbilt University. He is a retired colonel in the Tennessee Army National Guard and is a member of Martin First United Methodist Church.
He is married to the former Cathy Porter, a UT Martin graduate from Humboldt, and they have four children and five grandchildren. Three children and their spouses all graduated from UT Martin. Drs. Stan and Stephanie Dunagan live in Paris; Cody and Glenna Dunagan live in Florence, Ala.; Brett and Tracy VanderMeeden live in Madison, Miss.; and Casey and Elizabeth Dunagan live in Washington, D.C.
Each graduate will receive up to six complimentary tickets to admit his or her guests to commencement. Overflow seating with a video and audio feed of the ceremony will be provided in the fieldhouse for all guests without tickets. Graduates can get their tickets at the Grand Finale Senior Walk today and later this afternoon immediately following the student commencement practice in the Elam Center. Tickets for graduating students will remain available in the Office of Academic Records until 5 p.m. May 14.
A limited number of additional complimentary tickets will be available to graduates and to faculty and staff and the general public (up to two per person) on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last beginning at 7:15 a.m. Thursday in the Office of Academic Records on the first floor of the Administration Building. Any tickets not claimed by 5 p.m. May 14 will be distributed to the general public at a designated area outside the Elam Center beginning at 9 a.m. prior to the spring commencement ceremony May 15.

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