Dr. Darrell NewtonDarrell Newton has joined Winona State University as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective July 6, 2020.

Newton relayed his excitement at becoming part of the Winona State community, “To say that I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as Provost here at Winona State is a major understatement. Throughout my days as an adjunct lecturer, and on to full professor; from a department chair to an associate dean and later an associate vice-chancellor, I have endeavored to not only become a well-rounded academician but a reliable, dependable leader. I deeply respect the shared governance process at WSU and stand ready to work closely with President Olson in supporting our students, faculty, and staff.”

Newton comes to WSU from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he has served since 2017 as Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies. Previous positions include Associate Dean for The Fulton School of Liberal Arts and Department Chair of Communication Studies at Salisbury University. He has also initiated and chaired multiple student learning initiatives.

Newton earned his Ph.D. and master’s degree in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Additionally, he received a master’s degree in English as well as his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

“Dr. Newton brings valued expertise to Winona State University,” says WSU President Scott Olson. “His student-centered approach and experience in leadership will help propel Winona State academics to the next level, providing our students with a superior education. We are looking forward to welcoming him to campus in July.”

Newton replaces Dr. Edward “Ted” Reilly, who has served as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since July 2019. According to Olson, “Dr. Reilly has provided valuable leadership and smooth continuity during a period of transition for the University. We are grateful for his steady and continued service to WSU.”


About Winona State University

Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive, regional public university with over 7,600 students on campuses in Winona and Rochester. Around half of WSU students are first-generation, meaning neither parent has a four-year bachelor’s degree. The oldest member of the Minnesota State system, WSU offers more than 80 undergraduate, pre-professional, licensure, graduate and doctorate programs in five colleges: Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing & Health Sciences, and Science & Engineering.

Winona State is ranked as the second public institution in Minnesota by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges,” has been named among the “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review for 16 years in a row, and has been featured as one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for quality and value for 24 consecutive years. The University generates $447.9 million in economic impact for the region per year. The University’s mission is to enhance the intellectual, social, cultural and economic vitality of the people and communities we serve: a community of learners improving our world. For more information, visit winona.edu.