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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Community College President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Greens (Collard), Pig Feet, Potato Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
Gotcha!

Birthplace

Born:
9/19/1934
Birth Location:
New Haven, Connecticut

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Community College President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Greens (Collard), Pig Feet, Potato Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
Gotcha!

Birthplace

Born:
9/19/1934
Birth Location:
New Haven
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Biography

Scientist turned college administrator Raymond Cobb Bowen was born September 19, 1934 in New Haven, Connecticut. Growing up in the Elm Haven public housing projects, Bowen’s parents, Raymond Curtis Bowen and Lucille Cobb Bowen, were frustrated in their attempts to gain a higher education and wanted more for their son. He attended Baldwin and Winchester elementary schools and graduated from James Hillhouse High School in 1952. He earned a B.A. in zoology in 1956 from the University of Connecticut, an M.S. in biology from the University of New Mexico in 1962 and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in parasitology and biochemistry in 1966. From 1956 to 1959, Bowen served in the United States Army.

Beginning his professional career in post doctoral research at Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Illinois (1966-67), Bowen was an assistant professor of biology at Cleveland State University in 1968 when black student and community leaders called for black college administrators at the school. Bowen, with student support, accepted an offer to become assistant to the president and then dean of developmental programs at Cleveland State from 1968 to 1971. At LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York, Bowen was hired as associate professor of natural sciences in 1971, but within the same year was made associate dean of faculty and then in 1973, he became dean of academic affairs. In 1975, Bowen accepted the post of vice president for academic and student affairs for the Community College of Baltimore. In 1982, he was appointed president of Shelby State Community College in Memphis. Back at LaGuardia Community College, Bowen served a joint appointment as president and professor of natural and applied sciences from 1989 to 1999. His two priorities at LaGuardia were multiculturalism and economic development. Bowen spearheaded collaborations with The Dominican Republic, China, South Africa, Columbia and the United Kingdom. Retired in 1999, he served as visiting professor at the Morgan State University Graduate School.

A prolific writer, Bowen has published widely and is in demand as a consultant on multiculturalism and diversity. Bowen serves on the board of Phelps-Stokes Fund and the American Council on Education among many other affiliations. Among his many awards is the designation by Black Issues in Higher Education as One of the Outstanding College Leaders of the 20th Century. He currently lives in Baltimore.


Bibliography:

Bowen, Raymond C. “From the Projects to the Presidency” Achieving Administrative Diversity, New Directions for Community Colleges, No. 94, June 1996

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Raymond Bowen's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Raymond Bowen lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Raymond Bowen talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Raymond Bowen talks about his maternal family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Raymond Bowen talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Raymond Bowen talks about his father's thwarted plans for higher education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Raymond Bowen describes the racial segregation in the New Haven, Connecticut housing projects he grew up in
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Raymond Bowen talks about researching his and his wife's family histories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Raymond Bowen describes growing up around a culture of higher education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Raymond Bowen describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Raymond Bowen describes his childhood personality and interests
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Raymond Bowen lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Raymond Bowen recalls his elementary school experience in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Raymond Bowen talks about the lack of black teachers he experienced throughout his education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Raymond Bowen recalls his time at James Hillhouse Comprehensive High School in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Raymond Bowen recalls his educational influences while attending James Hillhouse Comprehensive High School in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Raymond Bowen recalls his extracurricular activities in his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Raymond Bowen recalls an encounter with a racist high school teacher who attempted to dissuade him from a career in biology
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Raymond Bowen explains how he decided to attend the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Raymond Bowen discusses the lack of black fraternities on campus when he attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Raymond Bowen explains how he gained admittance to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Raymond Bowen explains how his time in the U.S. Army led to his further education and career in science
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Raymond Bowen explains how he ended up returning to the University of Connecticut for his doctoral degree
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Raymond Bowen details his post-doctoral positions at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio and Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Raymond Bowen remembers the Glenville Shootout in Cleveland, Ohio in 1968
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Raymond Bowen recounts his leaving Cleveland State University to become an administrator at LaGuardia Community College in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Raymond Bowen reminisces about his time in Cleveland, Ohio in the late 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Raymond Bowen remembers meeting Raymond St. Jacques
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Raymond Bowen remembers the work of Melvin Van Peebles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Raymond Bowen recounts his fight with LaGuardia Community College's founding president, Joseph Shenker
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Raymond Bowen describes his return to LaGuardia Community College in New York, New York as its president
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Raymond Bowen talks about HistoryMaker Reverend Dr. Floyd Flake
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Raymond Bowen shares the lessons he learned about public speaking from attending black churches
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Raymond Bowen recounts his hiring at Shelby State Community College in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Raymond Bowen recalls political figures he met while president of Shelby State Community College in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Raymond Bowen describes his two goals of multiculturalism and economic development while president of LaGuardia Community College in New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Raymond Bowen details the differences between a community college and a four-year institution from an administrator's perspective
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Raymond Bowen talks about the most challenging part of being a community college administrator
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Raymond Bowen describes the most rewarding aspect of being the president of LaGuardia Community College in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Raymond Bowen describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Raymond Bowen describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Raymond Bowen describes the effects of integration on African American education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Raymond Bowen recalls his work on Carl B. Stokes' mayoral campaign in Cleveland, Ohio in 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Raymond Bowen recalls famous people from Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Raymond Bowen names past presidents of Olive-Harvey College of the City Colleges of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Raymond Bowen reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Raymond Bowen describes his volunteer activities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Raymond Bowen talks about his research into sickle cell anemia and parasitology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Raymond Bowen talks about his books
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Raymond Bowen describes the various student populations at different higher education institutions in the Baltimore, Maryland area
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Raymond Bowen names his books
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Raymond Bowen reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Raymond Bowen shares what he has enjoyed about the process of being interviewed by The HistoryMakers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Raymond Bowen describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Raymond Bowen narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Raymond Bowen narrates his photographs, pt. 2