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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Bowen gift to UALR

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Retired banker Bill Bowen and his wife Connie have given a $1 million unrestricted gift to the UALR Law School, which bears Bowen's name. He'd earlier given the school $2.5 million for scholarships.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 13, 2008) – Former lawyer, banker, and dean William H. Bowen and his wife, Connie, have given a $1 million gift to the UALR law school that bears his name, according to Bob Denman, UALR director of development.

The unrestricted gift will create a resource that deans of the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law can use to take advantage of new opportunities and to react to critical short-term needs. 

“Bill and Connie Bowen have the well-deserved reputation in our community for leadership in the business community and in civic life,” said Chancellor Joel E. Anderson. “This generous gift will enhance and strengthen the Bowen School, and continue the contributions Bill and Connie have made in fostering this fine institution.”

Retired chairman and chief executive officer of First Commercial Bank in Little Rock, Bowen served former Gov. Bill Clinton as chief of staff while Clinton successfully ran for president in 1992.

In 1995, Bowen took the helm as dean of the law school during an accreditation process, maintaining its credibility, boosting fund raising, and increasing law school opportunities for women and minorities.

“Once again, Dean Bowen has created a better tomorrow for our law school by allowing future deans to determine how this gift can be best applied for the benefit of the Bowen School of Law, its students, and its faculty,” said current Law School Dean Charles Goldner. After leaving the deanship, Bowen contributed $2.5 million, creating the Bowen Scholars Program. The program provides full scholarships, fees and book costs for students, funds a distinguished professorship, and provides discretionary funds to enhance the school’s program of legal education.

Bowen currently serves on the Steering Committee for UALR’s first-ever Comprehensive Campaign, Fast Forward UALR.

President Clinton, attending the April 2000 ceremony to rename the law school the William H. Bowen School of Law, praised his friend as an energetic visionary.

“It is true that of all the people I know, no one embodies the continuing energy and imagination for tomorrow any better than you do,” Clinton said to Bowen.


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