President David Alexander presented retiring Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Samuel Dunn with the Wesley Order of Servant Leaders award at Northwest Nazarene University’s annual Celebration of Service event in May.
The Wesley Order of Servant Leaders recognizes individuals whose lives and accomplishments reflect the spirit and practice of servant leadership, modeled in Jesus Christ, mirrored in the life of John Wesley, championed by our founding father Phineas F. Bresee, and held in the heart of Northwest Nazarene University’s mission and values.
Dr. Dunn was honored in recognition of his many years of service to the cause of Christian higher education and his love of Christ and His church. He holds two bachelor’s degrees, an M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics as well as an M.B.A., and is currently studying for a Doctor of Business Administration in International Business. Before coming to NNU in 1994, Dunn served at Seattle Pacific University as vice president for academic affairs, an institution he served for 26 years first as professor of mathematics and later in administrative positions.
Dunn is a futurist with special interests in futures related to higher education, religion and technology. He has authored two books on religious futures as well as authored and co-authored numerous publications related to educational and religious futures. His travels with NNU’s business program have taken him to South Korea, Chile, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Peru, Kenya and Mexico several times. He was a consultant to Africa Nazarene University to assist as they initiated their MBA program and to Brazil Nazarene University for its undergraduate business program. He is an accreditation commissioner for the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (an international accrediting body for business programs in universities around the world).
Dunn had a key role in many important changes at NNU including the transition to university status and to the semester system, the significant growth in faculty numbers and offerings, development of the Boise Center, the addition of several graduate programs and the advancement to online education.
Dr. Dunn and his wife, Lois, have two married children, John (Tasha) and Mary Rosanne (Dave) Kerr, both NNU graduates, and have four grandchildren. John is a forensic scientist for the Washington State Patrol, Vancouver, Wash., and Mary Rosie is a missionary doctor in Papua New Guinea.