Robin E. Bowen Makes History as New Arkansas Tech President

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jul. 14, 2014 12:00 am  

Robin E. Bowen

Robin E. Bowen is the 12th president of Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, a job she began July 1. She was elected by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees in late April, becoming the first female president of a public four-year university in Arkansas.

Bowen previously worked as vice president for academic affairs, executive vice president and provost at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, from 2011 to 2014. Prior to that, she worked in administration at Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kansas; Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas; and Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. Bowen serves as a higher education representative on the accreditation council of the American Occupational Therapy Association, based in Bethesda, Maryland. Additionally, she was an accreditation evaluator and member of the Standards & Ethics Commission at the AOTA.

She received her doctorate in education from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and master’s of education in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Bowen attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, for her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy.

In her community, Bowen has worked with the Twin Cities Community Development Corp. of Fitchburg and Leominster, Massachusetts, Kansas Children’s Service League and YWCA Race Committee.

 

 

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