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J. Michael Durnil (John Michael Durnil) was born on 21 July, 1961 in Decatur, IL, is a President and CEO, Simon Youth Foundation. Discover J. Michael Durnil's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of networth at the age of 59 years old?

Popular As John Michael Durnil
Occupation President and CEO, Simon Youth Foundation
Age 59 years old
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Born 21 July 1961
Birthday 21 July
Birthplace Decatur, IL
Nationality American

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Dr. Durnil’s career includes over 27 years of experience in higher education and community activism, with 15 years at Roosevelt and eight years working directly with the President and board governance. Dr. Durnil served as Vice President for Governmental Affairs & University Outreach and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees at Roosevelt University in Chicago Ill. While there, he was responsible for the creation, direction, and implementation of strategic activities with institutional image, communications, public relations, governmental agencies, professional associations, civic organizations and all other aspects of governmental and external relations for the University. He managed the overall operation and coordination of the activities of the 80-member Board of Trustees. From 2003-2005, Dr. Durnil served as Vice President for Administration and Assistant Secretary to the Board where he oversaw the overall direction and operation of the Office of the President, while also coordinating the activities of the 80 member Board of Trustees. As Campus President and Executive Officer for the University’s Albert A. Robin Campus in suburban Schaumburg from 2000-2003, Dr. Durnil directed the operations of the 3,200-student campus and developed and strengthened the overall University presence in the northwest suburbs. He also constructed a campus master plan that detailed a ten-year strategic plan for the campus.

During 2019, SYF celebrated the Foundation’s 20th anniversary and 20,000th-lifetime graduate. In honor of this milestone, the Foundation awarded a four-year scholarship valued at $32,000 to the 20,000th graduate, and also awarded a $20,000 grant to her Simon Youth Academy.

Dr. Durnil is an ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church, USA, and a member of the International Order of DeMolay. Durnil is also a 50 year veteran of stage and screen. He returned to the stage in 2019 in the Indianapolis Opera production of “Camelot.” He has also taken the stage for Footlite Musical’s 2019 production of Ragtime, and Civic Theater’s 2019 production of Elf the Musical. Durnil’s favorite credits include, KISS ME, KATE, Glee, 500 Days of Summer, The Vow, The Dark Knight, and executive producer of the internationally televised GLAAD Media Awards.


Durnil has won several award ribbons in the Culinary Arts at the Indiana State Fair with his award-winning recipes published in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Fair Cookbooks.


Durnil currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has two adult children, Lauren Durnil and J. Andrew Durnil, His son, J. Andrew Durnil, is a professional artist and creates under the pen name Andrew Gouwen. Durnil married Lynn Burnside Smith II on 25 November 2015 in a private ceremony in New York City's Bethesda Terrace Arcade.


In 2008, Durnil was recruited by then-President Neil Giuliano to become the Senior Vice President of GLAAD. GLAAD is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. GLAAD advocates for full equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in television and news outlets. In this senior leadership position, Dr. Durnil provided strategic guidance, direction and implementation oversight as GLAAD continued to advance, grow and expand as national media advocacy and anti-defamation organization. Durnil was responsible for the coordination and implementation of GLAAD’s strategic plan, which included a major re-brand and communications effort while fulfilling the roles of the COO position in the LA and NYC offices. As Interim President for several months of 2009, Durnil successfully directed GLAAD through the leadership transition from Giuliano to Jarrett Barrios. Durnil stepped down from all of his positions at GLAAD on June 30, 2010.

On December 13, 2010, the Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) announced that its new CEO would be J. Michael Durnil, Ph.D. Following the announcement, Durnil moved to Indianapolis and assumed his leadership role.

J. Michael Durnil, Ph.D. was appointed as President and CEO of the Simon Youth Foundation, a public charity associated with the Simon Property Group, the first REIT to be listed on S&P 100, in December 2010. Simon Youth Foundation ignites hope through educational opportunities for students who are at risk of dropping out of high school through two major initiatives: Simon Youth Academies and Simon Youth Scholarships.


In 2008, Durnil was recognized by both the city of Chicago and by the Governor of the State of Illinois for his service to higher education. That same year, the 110th Congress of the United States bestowed upon Durnil Congressional Recognition, presented by the Hon. Danny K. Davis. In 2010, his doctoral alma mater, Loyola University Chicago, recognized Durnil with the "Distinguished Alumni Award" and in 2017 he was inducted into the Illinois State University alumni Hall of Fame . Durnil was similarly recognized by his K-12 school system, Decatur (IL) Public School District #61 in 2005 as an outstanding alum.


Dr. Durnil has served on national and regional boards and committees in a variety of higher education and community associations, including the American Council on Education, the Association of Governing Boards and the Association of American Colleges and Universities. In 2006, Dr. Durnil was Roosevelt University’s institutional representative for Gay Games VII, held in Chicago and attracted over 14,000 participants from all over the world. Through his coordination of the University’s involvement with and sponsorship of the festival, the University garnered international recognition and accolades, including membership on the Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee.


In 2002, Roosevelt University appointed Chuck Middleton as President. Middleton was the first openly gay President of any major national college or university. Working with Durnil, Middleton used this position to forward the University's agenda on social justice. In 2006, Roosevelt University assisted with the logistics and provided space for the Gay Games VII.


In 1991, Durnil was admitted to Loyola University Chicago to pursue his Ph.D. in higher education. Inspired by his professional work on HIV/AIDS, Durnil completed his doctorate 18 months later, successfully defending his dissertation entitled, "More than red ribbons: Student affairs professionals who advocate for HIV/AIDS issues in higher education." He continued on to Harvard University and completed his post-doctorate certificate in Educational Management in 2003. In 2004, Durnil was selected as a Fellow of the American Council on Education; spending his residency year at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, and working with the United Nations Ambassador Corp.


An active community advocate in the areas of social justice and human rights, Dr. Durnil has volunteered with organizations such as the American Red Cross, the Human Rights Campaign, the Illinois Ethnic Coalition, and most recently as a volunteer with the Superbowl XLVI Host Committee in Indianapolis. Dr. Durnil was on a team of Illinois educators who wrote the original state protocols for university policies on HIV/AIDS in the early 1990s and served as the inaugural chair of the American Red Cross HIV/AIDS peer trainer task force for the Mid-America Chapter in Chicago.


Durnil was born in Decatur, Illinois to D. Dean Durnil, a sheet metal worker, and Patricia Lawler Durnil. From 1975 to 1979, he attended Eisenhower High School where he showed an interest in biological sciences. A first-generation college student, Durnil graduated from Illinois State University (ISU) in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in biology. Influenced by his experiences in student government, residence life, and admissions activities at ISU, Durnil graduated a year later with his Master's of Sciences from ISU's Educational Administration and Foundations graduate program.