Someone in the comments suggested that my view of John Dunn as an arrogant Provost and terrible manager were out of date. Like Uncle Walt, he is certainly warm in person. But his high handed methods of managing the faculty were really hurting SIUC.
After a very brief investigation, my sources tell me that Dunn has decided to not fall on his own sword and fail. Instead he is changing his management methods to allow him a chance of success.
That is great to hear. With SIUC's luck with administrators as soon as he does become reasonable he will get a job somewhere else. :)