President and Sister Dunn

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A change of plans

As most of you know, President and Sister Leavitt have been called to replace Sister Dunn and myself as Mission President and Companion when our assignment ends in July. However, a few weeks ago we were invited to a video conference call with Elder Oaks and Elder Holland. On that call Elder Holland asked me if I would take a new assignment as the Managing Director of BYU Broadcasting, which produces and distributes the church’s world-wide television content. When asked when this assignment would begin, Elder Oaks smiled and said, “…let’s just say your services are critically needed much more right now in Provo than they are in Johannesburg.” The bottom line is that our release date has been moved to, the end of the next transfer, 21 March 2017, where we will turn over the reigns to the Leavitts. More details will follow, but just know our hearts are heavy at the prospects of leaving you sooner than expected. But we also know that… “the work will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited very clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.” We love you! President and Sister Dunn

 The link to the Tribune story is:

The link to the Variety story is:

BYU Names Michael Dunn as
Managing Director of BYU Broadcasting

Brigham Young University has named Michael A. Dunn as the new managing director of BYU Broadcasting.  In this position, Dunn will oversee BYU’s radio, television and digital channels, including BYUtv. Dunn is the former general manager of KUED Channel 7, a PBS affiliate in Salt Lake City, and has worked in broadcasting and media production for more than 30 years.

Dunn replaces Derek A. Marquis, who retired from BYU Broadcasting at the conclusion of 2016 after 25 years with the university.

“Derek’s tenure marked a formative chapter in BYU Broadcasting’s history,” said Advancement Vice President Matt Richardson. “Under Derek’s decade of leadership, BYU Broadcasting has experienced unprecedented growth, the establishment of new radio, television and digital channels that now reach throughout the world and the creation of new and original content.”

“Dunn is a respected leader in the communications arena,” said Richardson.  “He is uniquely qualified for this position.  His unique and diverse career on both the production and management side of the house, provides a full-spectrum understanding of the industry. His leadership style is open and collaborative, and he is firmly aligned with the mission of BYU and BYU Broadcasting. We have tremendous confidence that Michael’s skills and leadership will build upon the momentum and success of BYU Broadcasting—and especially as we ratchet up our efforts to enlarge our broadcast footprint around the world”  

“This is a dream opportunity with a world-class broadcast organization,” said Dunn. “What my colleague Derek and his team have done to build BYU Broadcasting into a major player in the broadcast and digital arena is just remarkable. And between the state-of-the-art facility, the immensely talented staff and, most of all, a mission and purpose to produce content that helps people ‘see the good in the world,’ you can’t help but feel honored and blessed to be asked to be a part of something this noble.”
Dunn is currently serving as the president of the South Africa Johannesburg Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and will step into his new role at BYU at the beginning of April. 

In his previous capacity as general manager of KUED, Dunn oversaw the operations of not only the television station, but also KUER Radio, an NPR affiliate. During his tenure at KUED, Dunn put together a collaboration with BYUtv to produce“The Piano Guys Live at Red Butte Garden,” which aired on both stations and later nationally on PBS.  Prior to his public television experience he founded and operated Dunn Communications, Inc., a Salt Lake City advertising agency and film production company for 16 years.
Among his peer distinctions are a gold and silver medal from the New York Film Festival and four CLIOs—an award considered the “Oscar” of the advertising industry. He also garnered two Emmy nominations–one of which earned the Emmy Award for public service in 1992 from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In the spring of 2000 he was honored by the American Advertising Federation, Utah Chapter, as the inaugural recipient of the Advertising Professional of the Year Award.
Dunn spent eight years as a senior writer and producer for Bonneville Communications where he worked on the acclaimed Homefront campaign for the LDS Church, along with national image campaigns for Major League Baseball and the Salvation Army. He also spent eight years with Fotheringham & Associates (now Richter 7).
He began his career as a freelance print journalist and later moved to the broadcast side working in radio and television as a reporter and producer. He graduated from the University of Utah where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mass communication with a journalism/advertising emphasis.



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