Dr. Hank Dunn became the fifth president of A-B Tech on March 1, 2010. As a community college graduate, Dunn is a strong advocate on behalf of students. The son of a career military man, he traveled widely before settling in Florida, where he earned an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies from Indian River Community College. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in history and education from the University of Florida, a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Florida Atlantic University, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Florida.
Dunn has worked for more than 30 years in higher education. He is a strong advocate for student success, progressive teaching and bold innovation. He has championed many functional activities that are now best practices across many community college institutions, including elimination of late registration, mandatory student orientation, inclusion of workforce development skills into instructional activities, case management model of student advising, and strong support for instructional best practices, such as broad use of curriculum designers, improved adjunct faculty support areas, and accelerated mechanisms for course completion.
Dunn has also been a strong advocate for workforce and economic development through stronger community engagement and a continual emphasis on finding the local need and meeting it.
Through his leadership, A-B Tech has been an Achieving the Dream College for several years and during 2013 was selected as a Gates Foundation Completion by Design College and a Slingshot school by the Kaufmann Foundation.
Dunn has served in a variety of higher education positions, including federal grants accountant, financial aid director, vice president for student services, chancellor, and president. He also brings a strong business background to the academic arena.
Dunn and his wife, Darlene, an attorney, have three grown children and one grandchild.