University of Northwestern (UNW) Expansion in Sioux Falls
Jul 30, 2018 11:30 AM
Dr. Alan Cureton
University of Northwestern (UNW) Expansion in Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls is a highly successful community with a very low unemployment rate. The Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Development Group, and other organizations have made it clear that employers need more qualified staff than are currently available. University of Northwestern (UNW) advocates strongly that the three C’s (cities, corporations, and colleges) must work together to address the challenge of increasing the overall quality of the current and future workforce.

Join us as we listen to Dr. Cureton share how the expansion of UNW is an opportunity for Sioux Falls businesses to enhance the expertise of their current staff as well as a chance to increase the number of qualified staff and available interns in the area.


Speaker Bio:  Alan S. Cureton, Ph.D. has served as president of the University of Northwestern – St. Paul since 2002. Northwestern is a nondenominational Christian university with nearly 4,000 students enrolled in high school/college dual enrollment, traditional undergraduate, graduate, and non-traditional undergraduate degree programs. Dr. Cureton also serves as president of Northwestern Media, a ministry of the university, which owns and operates 18 stations in 11 markets in seven states with a total weekly listenership of over 1.1 million.

Northwestern has seen a nearly 40 percent increase in total enrollment under Dr. Cureton’s leadership with the creation of six master’s degree programs including the MBA, the addition of two adult undergraduate degree completion programs, the launch of several new traditional undergraduate majors, and the development of over 80 undergraduate online courses.

In 2017, Life 96.5 KNWC Sioux Falls began constructing a new facility to relocate their studios, as well as to bring the University of Northwestern’s rich Christian academic programs to the Sioux Falls community.

Dr. Cureton holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible and Christian Education from Sterling College (KS), where he received the Alumni of the Year Award in 2013. He also holds a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Education from Iowa State University, having received the Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Human Sciences in 2007.

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 to 10 grandchildren.

In his spare time, Dr. Cureton enjoys playing golf. Recently he completed a quick tour of several historic links courses in Scotland (for the second time). He and his bride love to travel to Northern Ireland, their home-away-from-home.