President Scott R. Olson

Scott R. Olson

Winona State University
8th & Johnson Streets
P.O. Box 5838
Winona, MN 55987-5838

Phone: (507) 457-5003
Fax: (507) 457-2415

Appointed: July 2012

Previous Positions:

  • Provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Interim vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • Dean of the College of Communication, Information and Media, Ball State University
  • Assistant to the dean of Arts and Sciences, director of graduate studies in the Department of Communication, and professor at Central Connecticut State University.


  • Ph.D., [Radio-Television-Film], Northwestern University
  • M.A., [Radio-Television-Film], Northwestern University
  • B.A., European Intellectual History, Northwestern University

Professional Organizations:

  • Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Other Organizations:

  • Peer Review Corps, Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association
  • National Communication Association
  • Rotary Club

Areas of Expertise:

  • Strategic planning, diversity in higher education, faculty development, media literacy, digitalization, globalization of media


  • Prior to becoming a university administrator, Dr. Olson earned the tenure and the rank of professor of communication. What he learned as a classroom teacher then has been a major focus of his career ever since: improving teaching and enhancing student learning. He has also been active as a scholar, publishing two academic press books, 30 scholarly book chapters, and 22 journal articles in national and international publications. Through a gift from the Lilly Endowment, he worked with colleagues to create the Global Media Network (which won a national award from the American Council on Education) and the Center for Media Design.