Dr. Nick Dunagan was the eighth Chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Martin presiding in office from 2001 to 2007.
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 executive committee of Weakley County's Education Edge program and is a member of the Martin Economic Development Council.
A native of Caruthersville, Mo., 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, Tenn., and they have four children. The oldest son, Stan, and his wife, Stephanie, are both UT Martin graduates and live in Paris, Tenn. Stan teaches geology at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, and Stephanie is a physician.
Tracy Dunagan Vander Meeden, and her husband, Brett, are also UT Martin graduates who live in Nashville. She works in the special events office at Vanderbilt University, and Brett is a sales representative for Vulcan Materials. Tracy and Brett have one daughter, Abby Sara, who is the Dunagan's first grandchild.
The middle son, Casey, is a senior in industrial engineering at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., and the youngest son, Cody, is a senior at UT Martin majoring in marketing.