Linda Hunt Bunnell, a fourth-generation Texan, has three times chosen Colorado as her home. Earning her M.A. and Ph.D in English Literature at CU Boulder, she returned to serve as Chancellor of The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and recently made her home in Denver.
Her career also includes service as a professor and dean at The University of California at Riverside, Dean for Academic Programs and Policy Studies for the then 19-campus California State University System, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Minnesota State Universities; Vestry member for St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral; Senior Vice President for Higher Education for The College Board in New York where she led the move to raise the standards of the SAT, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, home to the nation’s largest College of Natural Resources.
Honors include being named a President’s Scholar at Baylor University, a University Fellow and Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow at CU-Boulder, Distinguished Alumnae by Baylor University. She was selected to served on the board of El Pomar Awards for Excellence, and named Economic Developer of the Year in 2001 by the Colorado Springs Economic Development Council. In Wisconsin, she served on the Board of Aspirus Wausau Hospital and Aspirus Clinics located throughout the upper Midwest, the Wisconsin Council for Federal Relations, and represented the University of Wisconsin on the Executive Committee of The Wisconsin Business Roundtable.
Her career has emphasized: development and evaluation of new academic programs; increasing opportunities for women, persons from racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities; capital planning and construction; endowment investment strategy; political advocacy at both the state and federal level; marketing; psychometry; teacher education and K-12 policy; health education and delivery in rural communities; economic development; homeland land security; international cooperation in forestry and paper science; and development and proof-of-concept of new bio-fuels.
She is a member of the Alumni Council of Baylor University, of The Delegation for Friendship Among Women, an independent International organization whose members travel to developing nations to improve the status of women and the quality of their education, and St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Denver. She has traveled extensively in America, Europe, Asia,and Africa.