Press Release - USM Office Hires New Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

August 14, 2001

USM Office Hires New Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Michael W. Bowden, former research analyst at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), has been named assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs in the University System of Maryland (USM) Office. He will assist Academic Affairs with faculty workload reports, implementation of academic program processes, and with meeting the requirements set out by last year's agreement between the State of Maryland and the U.S. Office of Civil Rights (OCR) for improving the USM's historically black institutions, including Bowie State University, Coppin State College, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Bowden began his new position on August 6, 2001.

Charles R. Middleton, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, described Bowden as "an excellent addition" to the staff.

"We will rely heavily upon Michael's expertise in institutional research and public policy," Middleton said. "In addition, the OCR agreement will be a major undertaking requiring close analysis and strong communication skills. Michael excels in both those areas and a host of others."

Bowden, a native of Charlotte, NC, worked in UMB's Office of Institutional Research, where he analyzed data and wrote campus reports largely focusing on accountability. He created two data-driven websites for the institution, and acted as a liaison between the campus's six professional schools and the USM Office.

Prior to his position at UMB, Bowden served as a research assistant at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., as a financial aid officer for Strayer University in Washington, and as a project assistant for Unisys at the Goddard Space Center in Lanham, MD. He earned a bachelor's degree in public policy analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is completing a master's degree in public administration at the University of Baltimore.

Bowden resides in Catonsville, MD.

USM Contact:

Chris Hart
Phone: 301/445-2739