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President Honored by Alma Mater

Kathleen Gill Bowman receives Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Minnesota

5/4/2006 9:44:12 AM


MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL—On May 6, Kathleen Gill Bowman, long-time president of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, will be honored as one of 100 distinguished alumni of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.

Recipients of the award will be honored at a gala dinner dance at the University’s McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis.

Bowman, whose 12-year-tenure will end this year, began her presidency in 1994 as the College’s eighth president. During Bowman’s tenure, the College underwent extensive change and globalization, while maintaining its traditional high academic standards. New majors were created in Environmental Studies and American Culture, each anchored by an endowed professorship. The College announced new graduate degree programs in education last year.

Under Bowman’s leadership, the College created numerous opportunities to expand its international offerings, including the creation of endowments that bring international faculty and speakers to campus and allow students and faculty to study abroad. In 2002, the College was recognized by the Association for International Educators (NAFSA) as one of 16 exemplary institutions in the United States for globalization of its campus.

Bowman was also instrumental in creating the Pearl. S. Buck Award, a national event designed to bring women global leaders to campus. Recent winners include Corazon Aquino, Sheikh Hasina, Jehan Sadat, Mary Robinson and Maya Lin.

During Bowman’s tenure, R-MWC undertook the largest capital campaign in the College’s history, raising more than $100 million and establishing 120 new endowed funds. The College campus has seen extensive renovation, including the installation of state of the art teaching and learning technology as well as the renovation of numerous buildings, classrooms, studios and performance spaces. State of the art soccer and softball facilities were also added. Extensive renovations and additions to the College’s Physical Education and Recreation Building are also planned for the coming years.

Prior to coming to R-MWC, Bowman held a number of other positions within higher education institutions, government and private foundations.

For a full list of those being honored by the College of Education and Human Development and the University of Minnesota, please see

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations