Harry L. Bowman

Gentleman and Scholar

1938 - 2018

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Harry Bowman was born in Jacks Creek, Tennessee in 1938. A sharp mind, hard work, and perseverance took him from picking cotton in rural west Tennessee fields to the achievement of several higher education degrees (including two baccalaureates, a master’s degree, and an Ed.D.) and membership in Mensa.

Harry served more than two decades at the University of Memphis and retired as the Associate Dean of the College of Education. For more than 40 years, he worked tirelessly on innumerable site visits for the Council and its predecessor, served as a Commissioner and its Chair, and was ultimately elected the president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He was a valued trustee of the American Technical Education Association (ATEA), and treasured chair, board member, and president of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA), which established the Harry L. Bowman Service Award in 1992 in honor of his many contributions to that organization.

He was a dedicated member of the Episcopal Church and a devoted husband, father, and friend. Harry’s vision and commitment led to the creation of the Council in 1995, and thanks to the dramatic changes he initiated, the Council’s membership is larger than ever, literally spans the globe, and includes the most diverse institutional population of any recognized technical education accreditor.

Harry Bowman was truly a gentleman and a scholar. He will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate to know him.

(The University of Memphis is accepting donations in Harry’s name. If you wish to contribute to this fund, click HERE. Select:

  1. "One Time Gift"
  2. Enter the donation amount
  3. Click "This Gift is in honor or memory of someone"
  4. Enter Dr. Harry Bowman’s name in the space "Name(s) of Honored or Memorialized"

If you wish to donate by check/mail, address gifts to the following address, listing “In Memorial of Dr. Harry Bowman” on the memo line: (Checks payable to) The University of Memphis Foundation, Department 238, The UofM Foundation, P.O. Box 1000, Memphis, TN 38148-0001)

2018 Fall Candidate Academy – Part 1 – November 7-9 / Part 2 – November 6-9

News Aug 31

Join us in beautiful Jacksonville, Florida for the 2018 COE Fall Candidate Academy Part 1 – Seeking Candidacy and the Candidate Academy Part 2 – Accreditation Prep. Both academies will be held at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.

Candidate Academy Part 1 – Seeking Candidacy (Maximum number of registrants is 40)

For institutions seeking to become a candidate for accreditation with COE. These workshops inform institutions of the accreditation process and cover such topics as eligibility for candidacy and applying for candidacy. Limited to 2 participants per institution.

           Note: Institutions already in candidate status with COE should NOT attend Candidate Academy Part 1.

Eligibility Requirements for COE

Candidate Academy Part 1 Agenda

Candidate Academy Part 2 – Accreditation Prep

For institutions that participated in Candidate Academy Part 1 in 2017 or in July of 2018 and have been accepted as a candidate for accreditation with COE or will be accepted by November 7, 2018. These workshops provide information on the COE Annual Report, including Reporting Student Achievement Data, and writing the Self-Study. Note that the first session of Candidate Academy Part 2 is at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Candidate Academy Part 2 Agenda

The agendas for Candidate Academy Part 1 and Part 2 are available above and also under the Documents tab. Registered attendees may check in for the academies on Tuesday, November 6, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and on Wednesday, November 7, beginning at 7:30 am.

Questions regarding Candidate Academy Part 1 or 2 may be emailed to Dr. Alex Wittig of COE, alex.wittig@council.org.

Early registration fee is $650 per registrant through October 15. Late registration fee is $700 beginning on October 16, 2018. There will be no on-site registration. Note: registration may close early if capacity is reached.

The registration deadline for making reservations at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront is Monday, October 15, 2018. To make your hotel reservations, click here https://book.passkey.com/e/49402040 or click on the Accommodations tab.

If you need additional assistance with your hotel reservations, please call 888-421-1442 or 402-592-6464

We look forward to seeing you in Jacksonville!

2018 Fall Candidate Academy Registration