Service and influence
With his extensive experience in higher education, Dr. Cureton's service to the community and other institutions allows him to bring a broad perspective to his leadership. His involvement outside of Northwestern has included a variety of roles:
- Chair of the NCAA Division III Presidents Council
- Member-at-large of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Evangelicals
- Trustee and board chair for the U.S. Board for Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya
- Council Member of Daystar University
- Trustee for Sterling College (Kansas)
- Member, Minnesota Prayer Breakfast Committee
- Chair of the President's Council of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
- Board Member, Minnesota Campus Compact
Awards and achievements
In 2007, Dr. Cureton received the Alumni Achievement Award from Iowa State University, recognizing his meritorious service and distinguished achievements in higher education. On October 19, 2013, Dr. Cureton was awarded the 2013 Sterling College Alumni Award from his alma mater in Kansas. In his remarks while presenting the award to Dr. Cureton, Sterling College President Scott Rich commended Cureton, saying, "He has a lifelong commitment to personal enrichment and has worked to provide opportunities for others to attain higher education."
- Bachelor's degree in Bible and Christian education — Sterling College (Kansas)
- Ph.D. in history and philosophy of education and higher education — Iowa State University
- Advanced Certificate in Peer Review — Higher Learning Commission
During his collegiate undergraduate career, Dr. Cureton played varsity football, earning all-conference recognition his senior year. He is especially proud of having started and played in every football game throughout his four-year collegiate career. Dr. Cureton has been married to his college sweetheart, Gayle, since 1976. They have three children: Luke (Erin), Rachel (Ben), and Michael (Hope). The delight in their lives currently is being grandparents. Dr. Cureton and Gayle have 10 grandchildren.