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[FEB. 24, 2004]  Illinois State University's board of trustees on Monday named Al Bowman as the 17th president of the university, effective March 1. Bowman, 50, has served as interim president since July 2003. He previously served as interim provost.

"Dr. Bowman was unanimously chosen by the board to carry the torch of leadership for this great institution because of his commitment, his vision, his leadership and his proven abilities to work with alumni, donors, the community, political leaders of both parties and, perhaps most importantly, his unwavering commitment to excellence of the faculty, civil service employees, administrative-professional personnel and most importantly, the students," said board chair Carl Kasten. "We believe that the future of Illinois State University now glows even brighter, and the board certainly wishes Dr. Bowman a long and successful presidency."

Bowman's salary will be $230,000 annually. Benefits extended to Illinois State's president include the use of the university residence, a vehicle and membership to the Bloomington County Club.

Kasten also praised the efforts of those who took part in the search process. "On behalf of the board of trustees, I want to thank all of the members of the Presidential Search and Screening Committee across the campus for their tireless and wonderful service," Kasten said. "They obtained an outstanding pool of applicants, including 17 applicants who were current or former presidents or chancellors of universities. I want to thank the committee chaired by trustees Jaime Flores and Stan Ommen for all their efforts to give the board three outstanding finalists. I also want to thank all who in any way provided the board with their input."

 

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Bowman came to Illinois State in 1978 as a faculty member in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, after earning his doctorate in speech and hearing science from the University of Illinois. He holds a master's degree from Eastern Illinois University and a bachelor's degree from Augustana College. Bowman became chair of his department in 1994 and served as the director of the Down Syndrome Speech-Language Clinic.

During his term as interim president, several key projects have been funded, including a $22 million Stevenson Hall and Turner Hall renovation, a $17.4 million Schroeder Hall renovation, a $400,000 Fairchild Hall renovation, and over $2 million in infrastructure upgrades. Bowman also initiated a campaign to raise $1 million to endow minority scholarships and established a partnership and obtained grant funds to lead the Chicago Teacher Pipeline Program.

Bowman's spouse, Linda, is a teacher and adviser in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. They have two children: Laura, 14, and Natalie, 10.

[Illinois State University news release]

 

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