Special Collections & University Archives

Presidents of Peabody College:
John Dunworth (1973-1979)

John DunworthDr. John Dunworth is President of George Peabody College for Teachers, one of the oldest and most distinguished teacher education institutions in America.Peabody has served the educational community for a century in a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs through the doctoral and post doctoral levels. Many alumni serve as presidents of colleges and universities and in positions of leadership in state departments of education and local school systems. Peabody students come from more than 40 states of the United States and 30 foreign countries, and Peabodians teach in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in numerous foreign countries.

President Dunworth, who became the ninth President of Peabody on January 1, 1974, has served as a classroom teacher, vice-principal, principal, assistant superintendent and district superintendent of schools in California. He has lectured at the University of Redlands, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Southern California. For seven and one-half years prior to his appointment as President of Peabody, Dr. Dunworth held the position of Dean of Teachers College at Ball State University, one of the largest teacher education institutions in the United States. Prior to that appointment he held the position of Superintendent of all Dependents Schools for the Department of Defense in the Pacific and Far East, a school system covering 50 million square miles with an enrollment of 40,000 students and a staff of 1,700 professional personnel. During World War II Dr. Dunworth served as an officer in the U.S. Maritime Service, seeing action in both European and Pacific Theaters.

Dr. Dunworth earned his B.A. degree in speech, and his M.A. degree in education from the University of California, where he was an honor roll student. He received his Ed.D. in educational administration and supervision from the University of Southern California in 1959. He has contributed to numerous local and national publications and is co-author of the booklet "Classroom Discipline" and the widely used series for teachers entitled "Discipline," which is published nationally every two weeks throughout the school year. He is also co-author of a supplementary textbook for elementary students, published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc.

In 1961, Dr. Dunworth was one of the twelve school administrators in the United States to be awarded the distinguished American Educators Medal by the Freedom Foundation in Valley Forge for outstanding contribution to American youth and to the preservation of the American way of life.

President Dunworth is a former Chamber of Commerce president, Boy Scout executive board member, is a member of Rotary, and is an honorary life member of PTA.

Dr. Dunworth is currently President of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the leadership organization in American teacher education. Over 90 percent of all teachers prepared in the United States are trained in AACTE member institutions. He is past president of the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Educational Facility Planners. President Dunworth is a member of the American Association of School Administrators, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Phi Delta Kappa, and numerous other professional organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education and is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Institute for Educational Leadership.