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)

Name Position Term Number Term End Year

Lois Gackenheimer

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

Chair 1 2019

James D. King

President, Northeast State Community College
Blountville, TN

Immediate Past Chair 2 2018

Fred Albrecht

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

Vice Chair 2 2019

Rob Aguis

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

Member 1 2019

James J. Brosnan

Superintendent, Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District
North Adams, MA (School Administrator)

Member 1 2018

Norman Brown

Department Chair (Retired), Capital Area Technical College
Baton Rouge, LA (Public Member)

Member 1 2019

Robert Carrigan

Training Manager/Curriculum Specialist
Melbourne, FL (Occupational Teacher/Supervisor)

Member 1 2019

Diane W. Culpepper

School Director, Lake Technical College
Eustis, FL (School Administrator)

Member 2 2018

Sandy Elliott

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

Member 2 2020

Jody Hawk

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

Member 1 2020

Stephanie Houston

Superintendent, Colton Redlands Yucaipa ROP
Redlands, CA (Public Member)

Member 2 2019

Donna McCullough

Academic Manager, Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center
Cherokee, NC (Occupational Teacher/Supervisor)

Member 1 2018

Dennis Merritt

Director, Hillyard Technical Center
St. Joseph, MO (School Administrator)

Member 1 2018

Carol Puryear

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

Member 1 2020

John W. Rebstock

President, Beauty Schools of America
Miami, FL (School Administrator)

Member 1 2018

Jeff Sisk

President, Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Jackson
Jackson, TN (School Administrator)

Member 1 2020

Jennifer Stowers

Principal, Ben Franklin Career Center
Dunbar, WV (School Administrator)

Member 1 2020

James Taggart

President, Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College
Ogden, UT (School Administrator)

Member 1 2020

Karen Wade

Instructor, PJ’s College of Cosmetology
Bowling Green, KY (Member at Large)

Member 1 2020

Gary Puckett

Ex Officio