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Alan S. Cureton, Ph.D.

President of University of Northwestern & Northwestern Media

Contact Information

Riley Hall, R1413
3003 Snelling Ave North
St. Paul, MN 55113

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:

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

Personal life

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.

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