William G. Bowen
|William G. Bowen|
|President of Princeton University|
|Term||1972 – 1988|
|Predecessor||Robert F. Goheen|
|Successor||Harold T. Shapiro|
October 6, 1933 |
William G. Bowen (born October 6, 1933) is President Emeritus of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation where he served as President from 1988 to 2006. He was the president of Princeton University from 1972 to 1988.
In 1988, he left Princeton and joined The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where he created a research program to investigate doctoral education, collegiate admissions, independent research libraries, and charitable nonprofits in order to ensure that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's grants would be well-informed and more effective.
Bowen has authored 19 books, including the Grawemeyer Award-winning The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions (co-authored with Derek Bok). One of his most recent books, Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education (2005), was coauthored with Eugene M. Tobin and Martin A. Kurzweil. Bowen's current research project is a study of graduation rates at public universities in the United States. This research culminated in the book Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America's Public Universities that was coauthored with Matthew M. Chingos and Michael S. McPherson.
 Positions held
- Founding chairman of the board of Ithaka.
- Trustee on the Board of the Trust Committee that oversees the Rockefeller family trusts.
- Serves on the following boards: JSTOR, ARTstor, Ithaka, Board of Overseers of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association and College Retirement Equities Fund. Former board member of American Express, Merck & Co, Inc., and the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development.
- Former professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University.
Robert F. Goheen
|President of Princeton University
Harold T. Shapiro
John Edward Sawyer
|President of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Don Michael Randel