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)

Council Committee on Nominations

Name Position Term End Year

Robert J. Clark

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

Chair 2018

Michael Gannon

Retired Provost, Defense Information School
Ashland, VA

Vice Chair 2019

Jody Hawk

President, Texas Health School
Houston, TX (School Administrator)

Member 2018

James D. King

President, Northeast State Community College
Blountville, TN

Member 2020

Al Salazar

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

Member 2019

Russell Shelton

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

Member 2020

Council Committee on Accreditation Standards and Conditions

Name Position Term End Year

Jody Hawk

President, Texas Health School
Houston, TX (School Administrator)

Chair 2019

Rob Aguis

Principal, Marchman Technical College
New Port Richey, FL (Member at Large)

Vice Chair 2018

Josh Cotter

Assistant Director, South Central Career Center
West Plains, MO

Member 2018

Darlene Glaus

Education/Training Strategist, Defense Information School
Ft. George G. Meade, MD

Member 2019

Carol Puryear

Vice Chancellor of Economic and Community Development, Tennessee Board of Regents
Nashville, TN (Member at Large)

Member 2020

Kim Ziebarth

Vice President, Davis Applied Technology College
Kaysville, UT

Member 2020

Council Appeal Panel

Name Position Term End Year

Christine E. Angus

Coordinator of Health Programs, Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES
Newark, NY

Member 2020

Christopher W. Ayers

Vice President, Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Harriman
Harriman, TN

Member 2019

Steve Briant

Principal, Erwin Technical College
Tampa, FL

Member 2020

Walton Cobb

Director (Retired), Orlando Technical Education Center - Westside Tech
Winter Garden, FL

Member 2020

Tara Combs

Academy Coordinator, Cabell County Career Technology Center
Huntington, WV

Member 2020

Josh Cotter

Assistant Director, South Central Career Center
West Plains, MO

Member 2019

Brandy Coward

CEO, Angeles Institute
Artesia, CA

Member 2019

Robert Crawford

Director, Atlantic Technical College
Coconut Creek, FL

Member 2018

Barbara Dawson

Principal, Akron School of Practical Nursing
Akron, OH

Member 2019

Radiah Dent-Palmer

Assistant Director, Pinellas Technical Education Center-Clearwater
Clearwater, FL

Member 2019

Harvey Driscoll

Director, Atlanta Institute of Music and Media
Norcross, GA

Member 2020

Joel English

Vice President, Tidewater Tech
Virginia Beach, VA

Member 2019

Carrie Fife

Director of Adult Education, Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center
Chillicothe, OH

Member 2019

Michael Gannon

Retired Provost, Defense Information School
Ashland, VA

Member 2018

Amita Garg

School Director, Infotech Career College
Paramount, CA

Member 2020

Gregory Garrett

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

Member 2018

Paul Hacking

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

Member 2018

Deanna B. Head

Director, Unitech Training Academy
Lafayette, LA

Member 2019

John B. Hodgson

Vice President, Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Jackson
Jackson, TN

Member 2018

Jill W. Kohler

President, Penrose Academy
Scottsdale, AZ

Member 2019

Steven B. Livtak

President, Jersey College
Hackensack, NJ

Member 2019

Jamie Barrett Lovern

Director, Barrett and Company School of Hair Design
Nicholasville, KY

Member 2018

Rhett Mathieu

President, Cloyd’s Beauty School #3
West Monroe, LA

Member 2020

Tina Mathieu

CEO/Administrator, Cloyd’s Beauty School
West Monroe, LA

Member 2018

Collette Mercier

Director (Retired), Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College
Ogden, UT

Member 2020

Roxanne Mihal

LPN Department Chair, Blue Hill Regional Technical School
Canton, MA

Member 2020

Dana L. Miller

President (Retired), Southwest Applied Technology College
Cedar City, UT

Member 2020

Mark Milton

Academy Director, Good Careers Academy
San Antonio, TX

Member 2018

Phillip R. Moore

Director, Compass Career College
Hammond, LA

Member 2020

Michael Moye

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

Member 2019

Alice Kay Obenshain

Executive Director, Arkansas Welding Academy
Jacksonville, AR

Member 2020

David Osborne

President, Kenco Associates, Inc.
Ashland, KY

Member 2019

Holly Peterson

Vice President, Mountainland Applied Technology College
Lehi, UT

Member 2019

Antonio Rico

President, Vista College
El Paso, TX

Member 2020

Ralph Robbins

Director (Retired), Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Livingston
Livingston, TN

Member 2018

Amit Shorewala

Director, Ace Computer Training Center
Forest Hills, NY

Member 2020

Faye Smith

President, Sumter Beauty College
Sumter, SC

Member 2018

Lori Spencer

Former Commissioner
Sarah, MS

Member 2018

Mary Ellen Spennachio‐Wagner

Retired Director, Monroe 2 BOCES CWD
Rochester, NY

Member 2018

Frank Sullivan

Director, Pro Way Hair School
Stone Mountain, GA

Member 2018

Aritta Summers

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

Member 2019

Laura Travis

Health Careers Coordinator, Tennessee College of Applied Technology
Dickson, TN

Member 2018

J. Ramon Villanueva

Chief Administrative Officer, California Nurses Educational Institute
Palm Springs, CA

Member 2020

Elnora Wade

Director, PJ’s College of Cosmetology
Bowling Green, KY

Member 2018

Leroy West

Chief Administrative Officer, Summit Academy OIC
Minneapolis, MN

Member 2019