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:

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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)

Commission Executive Committee

Name Position Term End Year

Lois Gackenheimer

Director, Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations
Palm Beach, FL (Member at Large)

Chair 2018

James D. King

President, Northeast State Community College
Blountville, TN

Immediate Past Chair 2018

Fred Albrecht

Director/Owner, CALC Institute of Technology
Alton, IL (School Administrator)

Vice Chair 2018

Howard W. Moore

Director (Retired), Ashland State Vocational Technical School
Ashland, KY (Public Member)

Secretary-Treasurer 2018

Sandy Elliott

Adult Education Manager, Wayne County Schools Career Center
Smithville, OH (Occupational Teacher)

Member 2018

Gary Puckett


Ex Officio

Commission Committee on Finance

Name Position Term End Year

Howard W. Moore

Director (Retired), Ashland State Vocational Technical School
Ashland, KY (Public Member)

Chair 2018

Gary Puckett


Secretary

Fred Albrecht

Director/Owner, CALC Institute of Technology
Alton, IL (School Administrator)

Member 2020

Lois Gackenheimer

Director, Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations
Palm Beach, FL (Member at Large)

Member 2018

James D. King

President, Northeast State Community College
Blountville, TN

Member 2018

Commission Committee on Policies and Rules

Name Position Term End Year

Michael Bouwhuis

President, Davis Applied Technology College
Kaysville, UT

Chair 2018

Al Salazar

Administrator, Home Life and Community Services, Inc.
San Antonio, TX

Vice Chair 2019

Michael Gannon

Retired Provost, Defense Information School
Ashland, VA

Member 2018

Julie Ha

President, Mayfield College
Cathedral City, CA

Member 2020

Russell Shelton

Executive Director of Community and Corporate Relations (Retired), Southwest Tennessee Community College
Bolivar, TN

Member 2020

Myra West

President, Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Livingston
Livingston, TN

Member 2019

Commission Review Committee

Name Position Term End Year

Erika Boardman

Instructor (Retired), St. Petersburg Junior College
Largo, FL

Member 2018

Michael Bouwhuis

President, Davis Applied Technology College
Kaysville, UT

Member 2018

Wendy Brog

Vice President for Instruction, Bridgerland Applied Technology College
Logan, UT

Member 2018

Robert J. Clark

Retired Associate Superintendent - Career and Technical Education, Orange County Public Schools
Orlando, FL

Member 2018

Dianne Clark

Interim Mansfield Campus Administrator, Northwest Louisiana Technical College
Minden, LA

Member 2018

Christine Cothron

Retired President, First Coast Technical College
St. Augustine, FL

Member 2018

Nyce Daniel

Principal, Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center
Miami, FL

Member 2018

Noward E. C. Dean

Retired Principal, Miami Lakes Educational Center
Miami, FL

Member 2018

Daniel Dull

Retired Deputy Director of Training, Navy Personnel Development Command
Pace, FL

Member 2018

Michael Gannon

Retired Provost, Defense Information School
Ashland, VA

Member 2018

Gregory Garrett

Regional Director (Retired), South Central Louisiana Technical College
Oscar, LA

Member 2018

Julie Ha

President, Mayfield College
Cathedral City, CA

Member 2018

Paul Hacking

Executive Director, Uintah Impact Mitigation Special Service District
Vernal, UT

Member 2018

Ellen Lange-Christianson

Vice-President, Tooele Applied Technology College
Tooele, UT

Member 2018

Warren Laux

President, Tennessee College of Applied Technology at McMinnville
McMinnville, TN

Member 2018

Michael Moye

President (Retired), Central Technical College,
Moultrie, GA

Member 2018

Richard T. Oliver

Retired Vice President of Instruction, Okefenokee Technical College
Waycross, GA

Member 2018

David Osborne

President, Kenco Associates, Inc.
Ashland, KY

Member 2018

Ronald E. Pentiuk

Director (Retired), Lee County High Tech Center Central
Cape Coral, FL

Member 2018

Mae W. Perry

President, Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Hartsville
Hartsville, TN

Member 2018

Myra West

President, Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Livingston
Livingston, TN

Member 2018

Johnny Williams

Retired President, Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Nashville
Smyrna, TN

Member 2018

Kim Ziebarth

Vice President, Davis Applied Technology College
Kaysville, UT

Member 2018