Alumni Center Named for Dunagans

Alumni Center Named for Dunagans

Nick Dunagan, chancellor emeritus of UT Martin, and his wife, Cathy, were honored recently when the campus alumni center was named in their honor.

Nick Dunagan spent his career at UT Martin, culminating in his service as chancellor from 2001 to 2007.

Constructed in 1969 as the chancellor’s residence, the structure was repurposed in 2008 to accommodate the chancellor’s suite and the Office of Alumni Relations.

“The Dunagan family has a connection with UT Martin that spans more than fifty years,” said Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor, at the dedication ceremony. “The family legacy began with Horace and Sara Dunagan, who first came to UT Junior College after WWII.” Rakes went on to say that through the years, the Dunagan family has supported business, honors, agriculture, education, and student travel, among other programs. Their support included the Horace and Sara Dunagan Chair of Excellence in Banking.

Both Nick and Cathy Dunagan are UT Martin ­graduates, as are three of their four children and their spouses.