William Gordon Bowen (October 6, 1933 – October 20, 2016)
was President Emeritus of
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
1 Life 2 Positions held 3 Awards and recognition 4 Notes
William Bowen was born in 1933 in Cincinnati, Ohio, where his father
was a calculator salesman. Bowen attended Denison University, where
he played championship tennis and was initiated into the Sigma Chi
fraternity. He graduated from Denison in 1955 and from Princeton
University in 1958, where he earned a PhD. He joined the Princeton
faculty in 1958, specializing in labor economics.
In 1988, he left Princeton and joined The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,
where he created a research program to investigate doctoral education,
collegiate admissions, independent research libraries, and charitable
nonprofits in order to ensure that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's
grants would be well-informed and more effective.
William Bowen was also partially responsible for JSTOR, the Mellon
International Dunhuang Archive, ARTstor, and Ithaka Harbors, Inc..
Bowen authored 19 books, including the Grawemeyer Award-winning The
Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in
College and University Admissions (co-authored with Derek Bok). One of
his books, Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education (2005),
was coauthored with Eugene M. Tobin and Martin A. Kurzweil. Bowen's
study of graduation rates at public universities in the United States
culminated in the book Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at
America's Public Universities that was coauthored with Matthew M.
Chingos and Michael S. McPherson.
Founding chairman of the Board of Ithaka.
Trustee on the Board of the Trust Committee that oversaw the
Awards and recognition
In 2013, he received a 2012
National Humanities Medal
^ "William G. Bowen, 17th president of Princeton University, dies at
age 83". Princeton University. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
^ "The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation". The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Retrieved 25 October 2016.
^ Roberts, Sam (22 October 2016). "William G. Bowen, Princeton
Educator Who Championed Poor and Minority Students, Dies at 83". The
New York Times. p. A21. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
Preceded by Robert F. Goheen President of Princeton University 1972–1988 Succeeded by Harold T. Shapiro
Preceded by John Edward Sawyer President of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 1988–2006 Succeeded by Don Michael Randel
v t e
Presidents of Princeton University
Dickinson Burr Edwards Davies Finley Witherspoon Smith Green Carnahan Maclean McCosh Patton Wilson Hibben Dodds Goheen Bowen Shapiro Tilghman Eisgruber
v t e
Dolores Hernández (1985)
Gilbert De Landsheere (1988)
Lev Shevrin (1990)
Elliot Eisner (1992)
Joseph O´Halloran (1994)
Roger Gaudry (1996)
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