President's Biography

Photo of Dan Dobbins

On Jan. 1, 2020, Daniel C. Dobbins ’81 became McKendree University’s 33rd president, succeeding Dr. Jim Dennis, who retired after 26 years.

President Dobbins’ McKendree story is one of loyalty, leadership and love, a journey from the classroom to the boardroom. The 6' 8" student from the west-central farming community of Pittsfield, Ill., studied business administration, played forward and center for the Bearcats, and met his college sweetheart, the petite and outgoing Michaelene “Mickey” Macaluso, on the Lebanon campus. The couple earned their bachelor’s degrees in 1981 and married that year. Mickey worked in McKendree’s Office of Admission, while Dan became an accountant and pursued his CPA and MBA, graduating from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1985.

Inspired by gratitude, the Dobbinses became stewards of McKendree as volunteers and donors immediately after graduation. In 1987, Dan was elected president of the Alumni Association Board and, by virtue of that position, a member of the Board of Trustees. In 1999, the Alumni Association rewarded him with its most prestigious honor—the Peter Akers Award. In 32 years as a trustee, he chaired the Resource Development and Financial Affairs Committees, and served as treasurer (1998-2005), vice chair (2005-2007), and board chair (2007-2015). The University conferred on him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the 2015 Commencement ceremony to recognize his years of service and leadership as board chair. He has truly given his time, talent and treasure to McKendree.

President Dobbins’ business acumen and experience, supported by years of service and commitment to his alma mater, guide him in his new role. He is the former president of Fiber Bond Corporation, an air filtration products manufacturing company in Michigan City, Ind.

He views the opportunity to lead McKendree forward as a continued call to service. “I am deeply committed to the mission of this great University and it has been a privilege for me to work on behalf of its students and all of the members of the McKendree community as a volunteer,” he said. “As I begin this new chapter in my relationship with the University, I am deeply humbled and excited by the opportunity to continue that service as president and I am grateful for the strong and enduring leadership of Jim Dennis, who has left a lasting legacy on which we have the opportunity to build.”