Mr. Dunn is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University (B.A., 1956) and of Harvard (Ed.M., 1970). After college, Jack spent two years in the U.S. Army, and then went to work for the Budd Company in Philadelphia, Detroit, Gary, and Buenos Aires. His last assignment at Budd was a four-year appointment as Vice-President and General Manager of Armetal, S.A.C.I., their manufacturing operation in Argentina.
Jack and Patti lived in Jackson, New Hampshire for 25 years. During that time, Jack was moderator of the Jackson Community Church, and chaired the capital campaign committee that added a new parish hall. He served on the Board of Fryeburg Academy in Maine, beginning in 1998, chairing two strategic planning committees.
Jack was Executive Director of the Mount Washington Observatory from 1996 to 1998. From 1992 through 1995, he served as President of Dean College, a two-year private institution in Franklin, Massachusetts. In the late 1980s, he founded HEDS, a 125-school data-sharing consortium, to assist colleges and universities in planning, assessment and management.
Mr. Dunn worked at Tufts University from 1969 through 1989 as Assistant to the President, Secretary to the Board of Trustees, and Vice-President for Planning. He was involved in campus planning, fund-raising planning, major curriculum overhaul, and long-term strategic planning; he also staffed key personnel searches for a new president and for several vice-presidents and school deans.
Jack has written and lectured on higher education topics and consulted with several colleges. He served on the governing boards of Dean College, Wesleyan University, the Association for Institutional Research, EDUCOM, and the Society for College and University Planning.
Jack joined the Mountain Top Music Center Board in 2001 and served as Board chair from 2007 to 2009. Jack led a capital campaign that gave the school its first permanent home and a small endowment.