ISU Provost Sheri Everts speaks while Al and Linda Bowman look on during Thursday's reception in the Brown Ballroom. (Zach Dietmeier/WJBC)
By Zach Dietmeier
NORMAL - Illinois State University students and faculty got a special opportunity to bid farewell to Dr. Al Bowman as President.
Provost Sheri Noren Everts talked about 1978 and the beginning of a memorable career at ISU.
"The first cell phone was unleashed, Space Invaders launched a nationwide craze for video games, and 'Night Fever' and 'Stayin' Alive' were the number one songs," Everts said. "In the corridors of Fairchild Hall was a first-year speech pathology instructor on a one year temporary contract."
Bowman thanked the university for their confidence in him.
"I knew I could do the job - I'm not so sure they were completely convinced - but they gave me the opportunity and I knew I could be successful because of all the potential that this campus had," Bowman said.
Everts told those in attendance some of what Chief of Staff Jay Groves termed "Bowman-isms." Representatives of the faculty and student body also shared their thanks.
Dr. Dan Holland, Chairman of the Academic Senate, says a large part of President Bowman's success was his intimate understanding of his faculty and their situations.
"When times got tough he not only said the right things but put up the resources to prove it by assembling a first-rate team of administrators and engaging in meaningful strategic planning," Holland said.
Bowman's 10-year presidency will be formally recognized at Friday's Board of Trustees meeting.
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