Shanon Nowell


Executive 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 Assistant Chief Technology Officer. 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. We are a proud geeky family who love board games, science fiction, and fantasy. We also bond around the love of our four-legged family members, who consist of a large loveable Boxer (Leroy) and three wild and wonderful cats (Poptart, Willow, and BunBun). In my free time, I also enjoy volunteering and have served on the Saint Peter Public Library Board (2011-2016), the ECFE Advisory Board (2013-2017), the Church Council (2018-present) and Christian Education Committee (2015-present) at First Lutheran Church, and the Creative Play Place (2009-2016). I've also recently coached my son's FIRST LEGO League team.

Achiever │ Consistency │ Connectedness │ Context │ Strategic


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

Areas of Expertise

Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Publisher