Shanon Nowell


Assistant to the Provost in Provost's Office

I was born and raised in scenic North Dakota. After graduating from NDSU with a degree in Theatre Arts, I went on to manage a theatre box office and work in local youth theatre programs. In 2001 my husband received a job offer in South Dakota and we moved to the beautiful city of Pierre were I worked for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture as the Director of Agricultural Loan Mediation and Finance Counseling Services.

We moved to Saint Peter in the summer of 2005, again following a job opportunity for my husband, who works at Gustavus as the Director of Web Services. We loved the sense of community and mission that is core to everything Gustavus. I was thrilled when this position became available and was also able to join the Gustavus community.

I’ve now been at Gustavus since July 2006, working collaboratively with the Provost and Deans in the leadership and administration of academic areas of the College. Although I like nearly all aspects of my job, I most enjoy working on faculty searches and coordinating the third year review and tenure processes; no coincidence, this is also some of the most important work I do.

Of course, my favorite job is as mom to my sons, Gilbert and Lewis. We love hiking and any other activity that gets us outdoors (our family goal is to visit each of Minnesota’s wonderful state parks). In my free time, I also enjoy volunteering and currently serve on the Saint Peter Public Library Board, the ECFE Advisory Board, and the Marketing Committee of the Creative Play Place. I also coach FIRST LEGO League, and look forward to my first season!


B.A. in Theatre Arts, North Dakota State University.

Areas of Expertise

Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Publisher