September 18, 2014

Ronda Dunn to discuss education excellence

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Longtime educator Ronda Dunn will present “Excellence in Education” at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Student Center Auditorium. 

Dunn’s presentation, which organizers say SIU students will find particularly relevant, will focus on college success, empowerment, leadership and networking in higher education.  Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. 

Dunn is a graduate of Benton High School and a triple alumna of SIU.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and then earned a certification in business education and her master’s degree in workforce education and development.  She completed her doctorate in educational administration at the university in 2003.  

In her early career, Dunn worked for Prudential and First Bank of Carbondale but after continuing her education, she became a business education and computer science teacher for the Herrin school district.  She was subsequently hired as Williamson County technical education director and later appointed the regional superintendent of schools for Franklin and Williamson counties.  

Following a move to Murray, Ky., where her husband, Randy Dunn, was president of Murray State University, Ronda Dunn worked for the Kentucky Department of Education.  As an educational recovery director, she supervised school improvement efforts at high schools within the western 36 counties of Kentucky.  

The Dunns returned to Southern Illinois after Randy Dunn became president of the SIU system earlier this year.