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  • News-Denvy-Bowman-175Denvy A. Bowman was named the 15th president of Capital University in March 2007 following a 10-month term as interim president.

    As president, Dr. Bowman has provided strong, collaborative leadership and garnered the trust and respect of students, the faculty, his senior administrative team and the Board of Trustees, infusing transparency into all University operations. During his tenure, Capital has enjoyed consecutive, multimillion-dollar operating surpluses, record-level giving from an engaged and growing alumni and friend base, historic highs in new and returning student enrollment, and significant reinvestment in improving campus safety and modernizing classrooms, residence halls and technology.

    As a result of his emphasis on strategic enrollment management, Capital’s incoming students are more diverse and better prepared academically, and student retention has improved, reversing a multiyear trend of decline. Capital also completed a comprehensive strategic plan, Our Focus, Our Future, spearheaded by Dr. Bowman, charting a new course for a bold and compelling future.

    Deeply committed to forging innovative partnerships to engage students in learning experiences that shape them as intellectuals and as good citizens, President Bowman launched the Empathy Experiment in 2010. The project blended traditional learning with intense immersive experiences designed to put students in someone else's shoes to explore whether empathy can be taught, and if so, whether it can be harnessed to effect social change.

    Capital partnered with local social service organizations deeply connected to relevant social issues to explore empathy and unpack the complexity of some of society’s most persistent challenges. Community partners have included Goodwill Columbus, Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio, YWCA Columbus Family Center, Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus (formerly Access HealthColumbus), Columbus City Schools, Columbus Public Health and Whole Foods Market, National Student Campaign Against Hunger and HomelessnessHilltop Teen Club — Free StoreU.S. Department of Homeland SecuritySpecial Olympics OhioThe Harmony Project and Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services

    Prior to his presidency, Dr. Bowman served as Capital’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, the unanimous choice of the search committee following a national search. He initially joined Capital in summer 2003 as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He remains a full professor and teaches, when time permits, in the Department of History.

    Before coming to Capital, Dr. Bowman served as dean of the Arts and Humanities Division at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. Prior to that, he served as associate dean of the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. Also at Coastal Carolina University, he served as chair of the Department of History and the director of the University Honors Program.

    Dr. Bowman was born and raised in a small southern Appalachian community. He is a lifelong Lutheran and holds a doctorate in ancient history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; a master’s degree in ancient history from the University of Virginia; and a bachelor’s degree in history from Roanoke College. A teacher at heart, he remains very intentional in creating opportunities to support and engage with students. He attends many student events, goes to their recitals, art exhibitions, research presentations and theater productions, and holds open office hours.

    He serves on the boards of The Ohio State University Hospital East, Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Ohio Athletic Conference President’s Council, which he chaired from 2011 to 2013.

    When he’s not leading the University or interacting with students, Dr. Bowman is an avid runner, reader, moviegoer and collector of modern art.