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 | Published on 8/20/2015
Karen Baynes-Dunning


With nearly 25 years invested in the personal welfare of children, Karen Baynes-Dunning has managed to use her role as an attorney, advocate and judge to help improve the lives of children. With someone so engrossed in helping children, it should come as no surprise that Baynes-Dunning is also passionate of her own family.

Married to Art Dunning, the interim president at Albany State University, Baynes-Dunning and the president have four sons and one grandson. In fact, she’s quick to say that their collective work helping children grow into prosperous adults started at home with her own children.

During her off time, Baynes-Dunning says that she loves to travel, read a good book and help her children and grandson. On any given day outside of the office, she says you might find her curled up engrossed in a book or “helping my youngest son with a science project, or cheering for our teenager at a basketball game.” Oh, and when it comes to traveling, the Dunnings have managed to rack up a substantial amount of stamps to their passport including stops in Tanzania, Liberia, Greece and Thailand.

A native of Silver Spring, MD., Baynes-Dunning said growing up in the D.C. suburbs afforded her lots of opportunities to experience a variety of cultures that helped her grow socially even as a young adult.

Oh, and her father is literally a rocket scientist, having worked for NASA for 30 years.