Winona State University - A Community of Learners Improving Our World

Located in the beautiful Upper Mississippi River Valley, Winona State University is built on a powerful sense of place and compassion for the human condition. The University offers distinctive graduate and undergraduate programs that reflect the special character of the communities it serves and that contribute to the quality of life in Minnesota and the region through thoughtful research, service and unique collaborations with the community. Winona State University prepares the leaders of the 21st century to apply their knowledge to solve complex and ever-changing problems effectively. Winona State University is a community of learners improving our world.

Winona State University was founded in 1858 when the first Minnesota State Legislature established normal schools “to prepare teachers for the common schools of the state.” The first tax-supported school west of the Mississippi River was established in Winona to train teachers for the new frontier.

Today, the University has five colleges spread across two campuses in Winona and Rochester and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The original campus in Winona primarily serves traditional students while the Rochester campus offers a non-residential commuter campus with upper-division undergraduate and graduate programs that serve a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students. In 2008, Winona State University celebrated its sesquicentennial, marking 150 years of service to students, the community, and the world.

Searches will be underway soon for the following positions, check back for more information.

  • Associate VP Academic Affairs Rochester
  • Assistant VP Academic Affairs for International Programs and Services
  • Assistant VP for Facilities Management

Interview Schedule

The WSU community is invited to meet the four finalists for the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Life. Biographical information about the finalists will be also available at each meeting.

Denise McDowell

  • 1:15-2:15pm on Jan. 22 --Rochester Campus, HS 136
  • 2-3pm on Jan. 23 - Winona Campus, Minne 103

Read Denise McDowell's biography (PDF).

Paul McGuinness

  • 2:15-3:15pm Feb. 5 – Winona Campus, Dining Rooms C & D in Kryzsko Commons
  • 11am-12pm on Feb. 6 – Rochester Campus, HS131

Read Paul McGuinness's biography (PDF).

Matthew Aschenbrener

  • 1:15-2:15pm Feb. 5 – Rochester Campus, HS 131
  • 2-3pmFeb. 6 – Winona Campus, Minne 103

Read Matthew Aschenbrener's biography (PDF).

Debra Carlson Wood

The interview schedule for Debra Carlson Wood, will be announced at a later date. Her biography (PDF) is currently available.