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WSC's John Dunning Receives Outstanding Service Award

Posted: 19 November, 2013

OMAHA - John Dunning, chief information officer for Wayne State College, received the Midwestern Higher Education Compact’s Outstanding Service Award on November 17, for providing exemplary leadership, committing to the Compact’s principles, securing participation in the Compact’s programs and services, and increasing visibility for the organization.

The award was presented at the Compact’s annual commission meeting dinner in Omaha. Accepting the award on John’s behalf was friend and colleague, Michael Anderson, vice president for academic affairs at Wayne State College.

Dunning was nominated by his fellow colleagues for his commitment to the organization and his advocacy for guidance on MHEC’s programs and services earlier this fall before being severely injured in the Wayne tornado that injured him on October 4.

 “This honor was bestowed on John before the accident,” explained Compact President Larry Isaak. “We want John to know this was in recognition for his service to MHEC which has been exemplary.”

Dunning has served as chair of the Compact’s Technologies Committee since 2011, however has been actively participating on the committee since 2005, and along the way has chaired numerous Request For Proposal committees that have resulted in technology contracts for the Compact, advocated for the organization at regional and national conferences, provided a voice for higher education in the technology community, influenced visibility for the organization in vendor negotiations, and mentored Compact staff and Technologies Committee members.

Anderson, who was in the vehicle with Dunning when they encountered the tornado, offered details of the accident with the audience and stated, “It is really nice of you to honor John, he is a true leader, and on John’s behalf and of Wayne State College and our president Curtis Frye, thank you,” stated Anderson.

After learning of the acknowledgement, Dunning shared, "It has always been a privilege and a joy to work with the bright, dedicated and wonderful people who comprise MHEC's staff and volunteer corps.” He added, “To be recognized for working with them in the service of education and the public good is a profound honor."

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