1/11/2018 | After 44 years at Johnson & Wales University, Chancellor John J. Bowen ’77 has announced his retirement, effective December 31, 2018.
“The days, months and years of my four decades here have been the most rewarding of my life, and it has been my greatest honor to lead Johnson & Wales,” said Chancellor Bowen in a letter to the JWU community dated January 11, 2018.
In 1974, John Bowen began his career at Johnson & Wales as a faculty member of the newly-developed culinary arts program, rising to dean of culinary arts in 1983. He was promoted to vice president of administration in 1987 and then named executive vice president in 1990. Seven years later, he became president of JWU’s Providence Campus and was appointed university president and chief executive in 2004. He assumed the responsibilities and title of chancellor in 2010.
“Johnson & Wales has transformed under John Bowen’s leadership in many vital ways,” said James H. Hance, Jr., chair of the JWU Board of Trustees. “He has made complicated and bold decisions in the best interest of the university. Through thoughtful and deliberate planning, he has moved the university new directions, most recently in health sciences, always with the intent to provide our students with better professional and personal lives.”
The JWU Board of Trustees has engaged the services of an executive search firm specializing in higher education to identify the most highly-qualified, talented and experienced individual to lead Johnson & Wales University in the future.
“From the start of my own journey as a first-generation college student, higher education has been my passion,” said Chancellor Bowen. “Helping students achieve their dreams of attaining a college education has been my lifelong commitment, and I look forward to continuing that work for the reminder of my time at the university.”
To read Chancellor Bowen’s and Chairman Hance’s letters to the JWU community, please click here.