WMU President John Dunn Responds To Criticism Of East Campus Renovation Plans

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Western Michigan University President John Dunn remembers not even knowing about East Campus while being interviewed for his current position in 2007.

“Where is East Campus? I hadn’t been there and I didn’t know,” Dunn said during an interview with the Kalamazoo Gazette and WMUK host Gordon Evans at WMUK’s radio studios on Tuesday. “What I don’t want to do is leave the East Campus questions unanswered for the next president.”

Last week, Dunn announced that three of the four buildings that sit atop the hill and represent WMU's roots will be razed while East Hall, the institution’s first building, will be renovated into an alumni center surrounded by parking and green space on Dec. 10. The wings of East Hall would also be demolished unless enough private money can be raised to save them.

Dunn said four presidents have failed to address East Campus, while structural engineers have told the university the buildings, some which are more than 100 years old, need to be addressed sooner rather than later.

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