ISU presidential candidate Randy Dunn spoke at a public forum Wednesday. (Photo By Paul Morello/WJBC)
By Paul Morello
NORMAL - A 1983 graduate of Illinois State University is hoping to return to be the institution's next president.
Randy Dunn graduated with a degree in teacher education and has been the president of Murray State University since 2006.
Dunn was on campus Wednesday for a public forum. He said he wants to focus on investing in "human capital."
"We always try to maintain this understanding, this constant remembrance that what we're about is changing lives," he said. "As a human service enterprise, part of that investment of time and care has to do with the people of the organization who do that work."
Dunn said he subscribes to the philosophy of "bifocal leadership."
"The notion of bifocal leadership is that first we want to ensure the university's operations are well managed, that we take care of business and that we respond in ways that our external constituents can be proud of. That then allows us the freedom to move on to these higher callings we need to be about as a university community," he said.
Before taking over at Murray State, Dunn served as the State Superintendent of Education for the Illinois State Board of Education.
Dunn said if hired he wouldn't want to change the status quo at Illinois State, but would want to further focus on implementing the school's strategic plan, Educating Illinois.
"The next big body of work has to be breaking down that great document and operationalizing it so that it does come to life and have its intended effect," he said.
In March, the Murray State Board of Regents voted not to extend Dunn's contract, which is set to expire June 30, 2014.
Dunn is the second presidential candidate to visit ISU. The third candidate, Framingham State University President Timothy Flanagan, will be on campus Friday.
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