||Jeff and Mendi Dunn with their daughter, Langley, 21and Barrett,17, in Havana, Cuba
1) What was your college experience?
I graduated from Baylor University in 1989 with a B.B.A. in economics and finance. I chose that degree because I loved economics and felt that the finance double-major would make me more "marketable" to potential employers.
After a very brief stint in Washington, D.C., I elected to go to law school. I graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in May, 1992. Attending such different institutions enhanced my ability to see things from divergent perspectives.
2) A RUSO regent is a voluntary position appointed by the governor. What motivated you to accept the position?
Our future largely depends on education and the stakes are pretty big in this arena. If we do not have an educated workforce, business needs will not be met. If we do not have an educated society, our democracy will unravel.
3) Do you have a favorite quote?
"Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles." Ralph Waldo Emerson
4) What is the most unexpected lesson you've learned since becoming a regent?
Education is not "just like business."
5) What college professor had the greatest impact on your life/career?
Steven L. Green, economics professor and academic director, Baylor University. He was a great instructor with a true love of learning and teaching. He also thought way, way "out of the box." In one of his last lectures in our macroeconomics class, Dr. Green compared Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" with the works of William Wordsworth. I think of his lectures after almost 30 years.
6) Do you have a hobby or interest?
Attending my son's baseball games and sailing.