PROVO, Utah – Brigham Young University Broadcasting announced in January that Michael Dunn would be its new managing director – but to take the position, Dunn had to move halfway around the world to work in Provo.
The previous managing director of BYU Broadcasting left at the beginning of this year. When Dunn was asked to be the new director, he was serving as a mission president for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“[I was] literally on the other side of the world,” Dunn said.
Dunn expected to be in Africa until July. He said being asked to work for BYU Broadcasting was the furthest thing from his mind, and that it was difficult to leave Africa early.
“Mission presidents don’t want to leave their missionaries,” he said. “You want to fulfill every assignment you’ve been given, but, I was really assured by Elder Oaks that I was needed much more in Provo than I was in Johannesburg at the time.”
Dunn arrived back in the country last week and started work on Monday. He joked his reception at BYU has been overwhelming despite being a University of Utah grad.
Dunn said he sees BYU Broadcasting as a treasure box of opportunities, and is excited and optimistic about furthering its success.
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