Dr. Nick Dunagan began his work at UT Martin in 1973 as director of development. His most recent job assignments included executive vice chancellor, vice chancellor for student affairs, and vice chancellor for development and administration.
He has also served as interim chancellor three times (1985-86, 1997-98, 2000-01), and he currently serves as executive director of WestStar, the university’s regional leadership program for West Tennessee. He is a member of the Weakley and Obion County’s Economic Development Councils, the Volunteer Hospital Board of Trustees, and co-chairs the Weakley County Reading Railroad Board. He was selected the 2006 Weakley Countian of the Year by the Weakley County Chamber of Commerce. He also received the 2006 Otis L. Floyd Award for Excellence in Administration, presented by the Tennessee College Public Relations Association.
A native of Caruthersville, Missouri, Dunagan is a 1968 UT Martin graduate, a 1971 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, and received a doctorate in higher education administration in 1990 from Vanderbilt University. He is a retired colonel in the Tennessee Army National Guard and is an active member in the Martin First United Methodist Church.
He is married to the former Cathy Porter, a UT Martin graduate from Humboldt, Tennessee, and they have four grown children and four grandchildren. The three married children and their spouses all graduated from UT Martin. Drs. Stan and Stephanie Dunagan live in Paris and work in Martin and Paris respectively; Cody and Glenna Dunagan live and work in Memphis; and Brett and Tracy VanderMeeden live and work in Paducah, Kentucky. The fourth, Casey, is in graduate school at the University of Maryland after spending 3 years in Luanda, Angola, as an international mobile engineer.