Dunn was one of four Division II honorees, joining Missouri Western State's Pete Chapman, Bloomsburg's Mary Gardner and Alabama-Huntsville's Jim Harris. Other AD of the Year honorees of note included Stanford's Ted Leland, Illinois' Ron Guenther, Georgia's Vince Dooley, UNC-Charlotte's Judy Rose and Harvard's William Cleary. A complete list is available on the NACDA Web site at <nacda.fansonly.com>.
Dunn was named Athletic Director at Cal State L.A. in 1988 after six years as associate athletic director. In 13 years at the helm, and nearly two decades overall on the Cal State L.A. campus, she has overseen a major change in the facilities and success of Golden Eagles Athletics. Dunn immediately designed and implemented a strategic plan stating the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics mission, purpose and goals. Along with this, she developed a strong academic advising program for student-athletes, which currently includes counseling, course advisement, tutoring, progress checks and monitored study halls.
Cal State L.A. has enjoyed a great deal of athletics success in Dunn's 13 years, earning 28 NCAA individual championships and making a total of 58 team appearances in NCAA Championships competition during her tenure. Additionally, Cal State L.A. won 12 CCAA conference team titles during the decade of the 1990s and owns 31 all-time CCAA crowns, both of which rank as the third-most in the conference.
Fundraising also has been a key component of Cal State L.A.'s athletics success. Under Dunn's tenure, the annual golf tournament has sold out for nine-straight years and Cal State L.A. alumnus Billie Jean King has donated her time for an annual day-long event since 1998.
The Billie Jean King and Friends event, renamed in 2000 to honor the late Joe Shapiro, has earned more than $365,000 for athletics scholarships in the three years. The fundraiser also made possible a Billie Jean King endowed scholarship at Cal State L.A., which will be presented annually to a Golden Eagles women's tennis player.
Dunn also has been responsible for the continuous growth and improvement of athletics facilities at Cal State L.A. Major renovations have included the installation of a new gymnasium floor, resurfacing of the track and tennis courts as well as new varsity locker rooms and training room.
Construction during the 2001 season included a complete resodding of the baseball field, including both the infield as well as the outfield. Recently completed and installed last year were new scoreboards for the Eagles' Nest (volleyball and basketball) as well as Reeder Field (baseball) and Jesse Owens Stadium (soccer and track).
As a collegiate athlete, Dunn was a letterwinner in basketball and volleyball at Frostburg State University in Maryland. In 1972 and 1973, she was named to the Maryland state all-tournament team in basketball. Prior to moving into athletics administration, Dunn was a head volleyball and basketball coach for several years, compiling a 146-102 combined overall mark. She came to Cal State L.A. in 1981 as head women's basketball coach, a role she held from the 1981-82 through 1984-85 seasons.
Dunn has received several accolades during her career. In 1991, she was named to the list of "2,000 Notable American Women." In 1995, she was appointed to the prestigious NCAA Council and currently chairs the Division II amateurism committee. Dunn received her bachelor's degree from Frostburg State University in 1973 and her master's from Frostburg State University in 1976.
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