Dr. Nick Dunagan has been named the new vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Tennessee at Martin, said Chancellor Philip W. Conn.
“Nick Dunagan is an extraordinarily valuable and versatile administrator,” Conn said. “During the past few months, we have discussed his interest and capabilities for seeing that UT Martin extends a rich collegiate experience for its students in the years ahead. We know that many additional successes in student affairs and recruitment will be realized with his able leadership.”
Dunagan, who has been serving as vice chancellor for development and administration, will replace Phillip W. Watkins, whose retirement is effective May 31.
“I have enjoyed my association with a fine group of UT Martin donors and alumni,” Dunagan said. “It has truly been rewarding and fulfilling to spend 27 years in that area. I am excited and looking forward to these additional opportunities to be involved with the greatest students in Tennessee.”
Dunagan will continue to serve in the special role of executive vice chancellor, a position he has held since 1986. In his new position with student affairs, he will oversee admissions, student financial aid, campus events and service learning, counseling and career services, dining services, student housing, student health, student life and the international program. He also will continue to serve as the executive director of the WestStar Leadership program.
“I am really excited about this new opportunity,” Dunagan said. “I am looking forward to working with the students, and I want to work with the students to take full advantage of the opportunities given them by supporters, life-long donors and the university.”
Dunagan, a native of Caruthersville, Mo., graduated from UT Martin in 1968. He also holds a law degree from the University of Missouri, a doctorate from Vanderbilt University and is a colonel in the Tennessee Army National Guard.
He has been a member of the UT Martin administration since 1973. Previously, Dunagan has served as acting chancellor twice, assistant to the chancellor, executive director of university relations and development, and director of development.
“My goal is to know students well enough to represent them in every aspect of student life,” Dunagan said. “I want to see student involvement, and we should always ask ‘how does this impact students?'”
Dunagan is married to the former Cathy Porter of Humboldt, and they have four children. His oldest son, Stan, and daughter, Tracy Vander Meeden, are both UT Martin graduates. Another son, Casey, is a student at Mississippi State, and a third son, Cody, is a current UT Martin student.