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FSU Names John Bowman Interim Vice President for International and Government Affairs

FSU Names John Bowman Interim Vice President for International and Government Affairs

Dr. John Bowman, Frostburg State University vice provost, has been named interim vice president for International and Government Affairs, providing leadership on these areas while retaining some related duties he had as vice provost.

Bowman, who is a tenured political science professor, has been at FSU since 1976, receiving the Faculty Achievement Award twice, once for university service and once for teaching. The focus for his master’s and doctoral degree was international politics.

“Dr. Bowman brings to this critical role a deep knowledge of the University and a record of meaningful engagement with the communities in the region,” said Dr. Thomas L. Bowling, FSU interim president. “His community activities coupled with his understanding of the important role that FSU plays in promoting the economic vitality of this area, make him the ideal individual to take on this challenging position.”

In the community, Bowman serves as vice chair of Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority, on the organizing committee for the PACE reception in Annapolis, on the steering committee of Leadership Allegany, and on the board of the West Side Elementary Chinese Partial Immersion Program. 

Bowman helped to introduce and grow online education at FSU, including the Summer Online Freshman Initiative, a nationally recognized program that offers selected introductory FSU courses online to new freshman students the summer before they arrive. He has also served as the chair of University’s Distance Education Advisory Group, as a member of the University’s Technology Advisory Group and as FSU’s representative on the University System of Maryland Academic Transformation Advisory Council.

“Dr. Bowman is regarded as one of the most innovative educators within the University System of Maryland,” Bowling said. “His early advocacy of delivering online education in an effective manner and his tireless promotion of international education continue to have a transformative impact on the University.”

The University’s international outreach efforts and its Center for International Education are overseen by Bowman, and he was instrumental in bringing The Language Company to Frostburg, which provides English language and culture training to college-bound international students. Through a partnership between TLC-Frostburg and the University, many of these students attend the University after the completion of their language training.

Over the last seven years, the number of international students at Frostburg has increased by approximately 250 percent. International students come to Frostburg from all parts of the world including China, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Vietnam and other countries. Under Bowman’s leadership, the University is establishing joint-degree undergraduate and graduate programs with five of its partner universities in China, Taiwan and Vietnam that will bring additional international students to the campus to earn FSU diplomas. The number of FSU study abroad opportunities and participants has also steadily increased over the last several years.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589