Blannie E. Bowen
Dr. Blannie Bowen joined the central administration at Penn State as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs in July 2004. Prior to this appointment, he served as the head of the University's Department of Agricultural and Extension Education in the College of Agricultural Sciences from 1998 to 2004 and held the C. Lee Rumberger and Family Chair of Agriculture. Prior to assuming the headship, he was associate dean and senior faculty mentor in the Graduate School. During his tenure as head, many continuous quality improvement initiatives were implemented that made the department more efficient and effective. Major enhancements were made to the undergraduate and graduate programs, the research programs of faculty, the professional development of faculty and staff, and the external support from alumni.
In his current position, Dr. Bowen works closely with the provost in areas including faculty development, leadership training, tenure and promotion, executive searches and reviews, and other issues related to academic personnel and their concerns. He serves as the provost's contact person for the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the academic arm of the Big Ten Conference, and the University Faculty Senate in issues relating to faculty affairs, and is liaison for the provost and the president to the deans and chancellors.
Dr. Bowen received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from North Carolina A&T State University and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, all in agricultural education. He has been the editor of two journals and has contributed to the top journals in his profession. Dr. Bowen has given many invited lectures, presentations, and sessions that target faculty, staff, and student development within an increasingly diverse society. Many of his former students now hold faculty appointments in premier research and land-grant universities.
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