Director, Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Cente
Dan Raines begins his seventh year at MSU in 2014 and his first full year as director of the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center after being appointed to lead the department this past February.
Raines oversees a staff of three full-time academic counselors and one graduate assistant who work to advocate and promote the fundamental principle of life-long learning for MSU's 400 student-athletes. He was named to his current post after six years of service to the department as an academic counselor, including the last four as the center's assistant director. In this role, Raines helped MSU student-athletes reach unprecedented levels of success in the classroom, including a Bears record 3.06 department-wide GPA for the 2013-14 academic year.
A certified middle and high school social sciences teacher, Raines arrived on the Springfield campus in 2008, following a seven-year stint as a tutor and boys varsity basketball assistant with Hinsdale South High School (District 86) in Darien, Ill.
Raines, who earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Northwestern University in 1998, completed his master advisor training at MSU. He is currently enrolled in the University's sport management graduate program and maintains membership in the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A).
An Oak Lawn, Ill., native, Raines resides in Springfield with his wife, Erin and stepchildren, Mady and Wyatt.