Tim Dunn is a businessman and philanthropist based in Midland, Texas. He currently serves as CEO of CrownQuest Operating, LLC, an oil and gas company based in Midland. Dunn is involved with a variety of public policy organizations. He is the chairman of the board of directors of Empower Texans and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. Dunn is also vice chairman of the board of directors at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He has been called the most effective political donor in Texas.
Dunn graduated from Texas Tech University in 1978 with a B.S. in chemical engineering. He has worked for Exxon Research Company (1978-1980), First City Bancorp (1980-1987), and Parker & Parsley Petroleum (1987-1995).
Dunn co-founded the predecessor entities to his current company, CrownQuest Operating, LLC, in 1996. He currently serves as CrownQuest’s chief executive officer. In 2013, Dunn was named as top CEO of a large company by the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association and Texas Monthly magazine.
Dunn helped to found the Center for Effective Criminal Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The Center for Effective Criminal Justice initiated the national Right on Crime movement. The Right on Crime movement focuses on advancing statutory and administrative reforms designed to move Texas' criminal justice policies toward a focus on crime reduction and restoring victims and communities damaged by crime.
Dunn is a founding board member of Citizens for Self-Governance (CSG), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose stated mission is to "elevate awareness and provide resources, advocacy, and education to grassroots organizations and individuals exercising their rights to govern themselves." CSG is currently spearheading the Convention of States project, a national effort geared toward equipping citizens to call for an Article V Convention to propose Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Dunn co-founded the Midland Classical Academy, a nonprofit Christian school, where he serves on the board of trustees. Midland Classical Academy uses the Socratic method to teach a curriculum rooted in the development of western civilization.
Dunn serves on the board of directors of the China Aid Association, an international nonprofit Christian human rights organization committed to promoting religious freedom and the rule of law in China. Dunn is also a member of the board of directors of Grace School of Theology, a Christian seminary with a vision to become “A Seminary to the World,” and the Liberty Institute, a Christian legal defense organization.
In June 2014, Dunn joined the board of directors of King’s College, a Christian liberal arts college located in New York City.
- Texas Tribune, "In Tim Dunn, Far Right Has Big Spender Who Gets Results," May 11, 2014
- Midland Reporter-Telegram, "Midlanders among Top Producers recognized by TIPRO," November 1, 2013
- Washington Monthly, "The Conservative War on Prisons," November 2012
- The King's College, "Timothy Dunn: Trustee," accessed January 21, 2015
- Midland Reporter-Telegram, "In Midland, a political donor with a private school," May 14, 2014