Dunn named NWCC Alumnus of the Year
James E. Dunn, president of the Tunica County Board of Supervisors has been named Northwest Mississippi Community College’s 2015 Alumnus of the Year. Dunn will be honored on September 20 during homecoming ceremonies on the Senatobia campus.
Dunn grew up in Tunica County, the fifth of 13 children. His family owned about 40 acres of land, which the family farmed. Dunn’s father also worked in a factory and Dunn and his siblings helped his mother with the farm. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school and college.
After graduating from Rosa Fort High School in 1973, Dunn attended Northwest from 1973-1975 and transferred to Delta State University (DSU), where he earned a bachelor’s and master’s in education. He also completed 18 hours toward his Education Specialist degree at DSU. Dunn’s emphasis was in special education. He taught in Tunica and DeSoto County for 16 years.
Dunn describes his experience at Northwest as pleasant and rewarding. “I really didn’t know what to expect, but I wasn’t too far from home. I was young and didn’t have a lot of exposure, so being on a small campus, and having a lot of friends here gave me the environment that I needed to function here,” Dunn said.
When he first came to Northwest, he majored in broadcasting, but changed his major to history after one semester. He lived in Quitman Dormitory and worked in the cafeteria as a student. Dunn was a member of the Northwest Student Education Association.