Alan Cureton

Alumni Achievement Award

By the College of Human Sciences

Established in 1992 to recognize alumni for meritorious service and/or distinguished achievements by College of Human Sciences alumni in areas such as business and industry, education, family and consumer sciences, and health.

Alan CuretonAlan S. Cureton
Ph.D. Education 1989
St. Paul, Minnesota

With nearly 30 years of experience in higher education, Alan Cureton is a visionary academic leader whose strategic initiatives have elevated education for students in the U.S. and Africa. Since 2002, Cureton has served as president of Northwestern College, a private Christian liberals arts institution in St. Paul, Minnesota. Under his leadership, the college has grown student enrollment by 58%, increased minority enrollment from 7% to 12%, developed four new undergraduate academic majors, and established its first two graduate programs.

As vice president for university advancement at John Brown University until 2001, Cureton quadrupled annual private giving for the college in Siloam Springs, Ark. An expert fund raiser, he also directed a capital campaign that raised $42.4 million in 42 months.

Cureton’s remarkable faith, compassion, integrity, and purpose are perhaps best demonstrated by his extraordinary work with Daystar University. The Christian liberal arts university in Nairobi, Kenya is dedicated to providing low cost, high quality education for students from across Africa. “I am keenly aware of the outstanding and selfless commitment that thousands of Americans make every year to assist people in developing countries. I can think of no one more dedicated to that effort than Dr. Cureton,” said Ron Tschetter, U.S. Peace Corp director.