Athletics Hall of Fame

Joe Dunn

Joe Dunn has been named the 2015 John S. Glas Honorary Letter Winner. The award, created in 2011, recognizes an individual or individuals who were not student-athletes at BSU, but who have had a significant impact on BSU athletics, much like the late John Glas did during his 34-year tenure at BSU which included roles as vice president for finance and as acting president. His strong support of athletics earned him the honor of having the fieldhouse named after him upon his retirement in 1975. The Bemidji resident has exhibited a passion for quality student-athletes and elite athletic programs at Bemidji State since his employment at State Farm Insurance brought him to Bemidji, Minn. in 1996. Originally hand-picked by head football coach Jeff Tesch to spearhead the Beaver football fundraising effort, Dunn’s involvement blossomed a one-year assignment as BSU’s Athletic Development Director and eventually a stint as President of the BSU Foundation Board of Directors. Dunn is an active member of Beaver Pride who served on the organization’s board for 10 years, including three years as its president. During that time, he not only played a pivotal role in the creation of the Beaver Pride Coordinator position that exists today, he also helped lead the organization’s growth from $20,000 in donations to over $250,000 annually 10 years later, establishing a solid foundation for funding student-athlete scholarships. In addition, as a member of the Headwaters Shrine, Dunn helped established the Bemidji State Shrine Football Game. Now in its 18th season, this unique partnership between Bemidji State and the Headwaters Shrine has grown into one of BSU’s most well-attended and highly-anticipated football games of the season, while events surrounding the game help hundreds of children with disabilities or medical needs be properly diagnosed and treated at Shriner’s Hospitals around the country. Dunn, who was presented with BSU’s 2009 Honorary Alumni Award, continues to be an avid fan and supporter of all BSU athletic programs and annually backs these programs with monetary donations, including a yearly baseball scholarship he established with the help of his former employer.