Winona State University announces the appointment of Julie Furst-Bowe as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective July 17, 2024.

This appointment will extend until June 30, 2025, or upon the hiring of a permanent Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs after a national search is completed.

Over the past 35 years, Dr. Furst-Bowe has held a series of positions with increasing levels of responsibility.

Most of her career has been spent at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where she served as a tenured faculty member, department chair, associate vice chancellor and provost, and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs.

Dr. Furst-Bowe also has served as chancellor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and as academic vice president at Chippewa Valley Technical College. After retiring in 2021, she took on the role of interim academic vice president at Arkansas Tech University. She is currently serving as interim faculty affairs administrator at the University of Rochester.

I believe Dr. Furst-Bowe will bring valued expertise to Winona State University, including 23 years of experience in higher education leadership. She will help us move Academic Affairs forward as we prepare the way for a new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Kenneth Janz

President, Winona State University

Dr. Furst-Bowe is a recognized speaker, consultant, and writer on the topic of performance excellence in higher education. She has been a peer reviewer, team chair, and mentor for the Higher Learning Commission for more than 20 years.

She holds a doctorate in education and a certification in human resource development from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in instructional media technology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

For more information, contact Winona State Communications at 507-457-5024.


About Winona State University

Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a regional public university and the oldest member of the Minnesota State system. With campuses in both Winona and Rochester, Winona State offers more than 200 majors and programs in five colleges: Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing & Health Sciences, and Science & Engineering.

More than half of WSU’s 6,000-plus students are Minnesota residents, and the university also hosts international students from 42 countries. Winona State 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.