Bowen named distinguished alumnus at Ohio State

February 06, 2009

Columbus, Ohio — Blannie E. Bowen, Penn State vice provost for Academic Affairs, has been named a recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award by the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society of The Ohio State University. The society will present Bowen with his award at an Alumni Awards Luncheon on Saturday, March 7, at the Fawcett Center for Tomorrow on the Ohio State campus.
Bowen earned bachelor and master of science degrees in agricultural education from North Carolina A&T State University before coming to Ohio State for doctoral studies. With areas of expertise in agricultural education, agricultural communication, distance education and diversity in higher education, he has cultivated a distinguished career as a professor, scholar, university administrator and outstanding leader of his profession.
After graduating from Ohio State, Bowen joined Mississippi State University as assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education. Five years later, he returned to Ohio State as an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Education. In 1988, Bowen left for Penn State where he was named the C. Lee Rumberger and Family Chair in Agriculture. Two years later, he was named interim head for the Department of Agriculture and Extension Education. He has also served as associate dean for graduate programs, senior faculty mentor in the Center for Minority Graduate Opportunities and Faculty Development and department head of Agriculture and Extension Education. Since 2004, he has served as vice provost for Academic Affairs.
A member of the Albright-Bethune United Methodist Church, Bowen has served as editor of the newsletter since 1992 and has also served as an assistant lay leader and chair of the administrative council. He also spent 13 years coaching Little League and six years coaching YMCA Basketball.
Bowen and his wife, Cathy, an associate professor of agriculture and extension education, live in State College and are the parents of Marcus and Douglas.
Family and friends of Blannie E. Bowen may contact Ray Miller at (614) 292-5320 or regarding reservations for attending the awards reception, luncheon, and program. Reservations are due by Feb. 27.

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