JBU VP Named President of Northwestern College and Radio

Siloam Springs, Ark (November 26, 2001) — Dr. Alan Cureton, Vice President of University Advancement at John Brown University, has accepted the position of president at Northwestern College and Radio (NWC), a private college in St. Paul, Minnesota. Cureton assumes his new responsibilities in early 2002.

Dr. Cureton has directed JBU’s advancement office since 1995. Under his leadership, the university completed a major three-year comprehensive campaign that generated $39.2 million for two major campus buildings, programs, and endowment for two new Centers.

Lee Balzer, JBU’s president, says Cureton’s decision, while a loss to the university, is a positive move for Dr. Cureton. “We regret to see Dr. Cureton leave, but this move is an obvious opportunity. He leaves with our full support and best wishes.”

NWC’s presidential search committee initiated a dialogue with Cureton in March 2001. Cureton says, “Dr. Balzer has known for some time about this possibility. He’s been extremely supportive during this entire process. It is with mixed feelings that I leave JBU and NW Arkansas. Siloam Springs has become a very special part of my life and that of my family.”

Northwestern College, a residential campus with 2,278 students, is Minnesota’s only nondenominational private college. Because the institution has been without a president since the summer of 2000, the college is asking Cureton to assume his new position as soon as possible.

Dr. Jim Krall, Associate Vice President for University Advancement, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the university advancement department until JBU has selected a new vice-president to replace Cureton.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,600 students from 46 states and 30 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and the Council for Independent Colleges.