Title: Denvy Bowman Named President of ELCA's Capital University ELCA NEWS SERVICE
April 5, 2007
Denvy Bowman Named President of ELCA's Capital University 07-052-NJ*/JB
CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The board of trustees of Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, unanimously elected Dr. Denvy A. Bowman the university's 15th president on March 29. Bowman has served as interim president of Capital since June 2006 and will assume the presidency immediately.
Bowman succeeds Dr. Theodore L. Fredrickson, who announced his retirement in 2006. The vote culminated a months-long research and interview process completed by a special board- appointed task force. The board previously accepted the task force's recommendation to forgo a national presidential search. Over the past 30 days, the task force and Bowman have engaged faculty, staff, student and alumni governing bodies and advisory boards in dialogue prior to the board's action to elect Bowman, according to a Capital University news release.
"This process has shown that the right person to lead Capital has been here all along," said Roger Davis, board chair. "Dr. Bowman has done an amazing job as interim president, demonstrating excellent leadership and grace under fire, building mutual respect among his colleagues and becoming everybody's clear choice for president. We all agree that Dr. Bowman is the leader to build on our great heritage and move us forward into a bright future."
Bowman came to Capital University in 2003 following a national search for dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He later was the unanimous choice for provost and vice president for academic affairs following another national search.
Bowman has implemented plans to restore balance to the operating budget by fiscal year 2007-2008, improved financial reporting and initiated the development of a strategic enrollment management plan, the news release said.
"I am honored to enjoy the confidence of both the board and the collective community in leading this respected university," Bowman said. "Together we will move toward achieving a vision for the future that connects and inspires all individuals who make Capital such a dynamic and transforming place to learn, live and work."
Before coming to Capital, Bowman served as dean of the Arts and Humanities Division at Keene State College, Keene, N.H. He was associate dean of the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University, Conway, S.C. Also at Coastal Carolina University, he served as chair of the Department of History and the director of the University Honors Program.
Born in Hillsville, Va., Bowman earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1978 from Roanoke College, Salem, Va. In 1980 he earned a master's degree in ancient history from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and in 1987 he earned a doctorate in ancient history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Roanoke College is an ELCA higher education institution.
Bowman is a lifelong Lutheran and a member of Gladesboro Lutheran Church, Hillsville.
Information about Capital University is at http://www.capital.edu on the Web.
*Nicole Johnson is assistant director of public relations at Capital University.
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