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Bowers Begins Role as Interim Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences

July 6, 2016

Dr. James Bowers will serve as the interim dean of the St. John Fisher College School of Arts and Sciences, stepping into the position as the search for a permanent dean continues into the 2016-2017 academic year.

Jim Bowers

Jim Bowers

Bowers succeeds Dr. Theresa Westbay in this role, and his appointment began July 1, 2016.

In a memo to the campus community earlier this month, President Gerard J. Rooney thanked Westbay for her service during the past academic year, and outlined a plan to resume the candidate search this summer.

As professor and current chair of the Department of Political Science and Legal Studies, Bowers has spent nearly 30 years at the College, teaching courses and publishing research on state, local, and national government, campaigns and elections, and constitutional law, among other topics.

Outside of the classroom, Bowers’ service to the College has included work on past search committees, the Faculty Council, and the College Core Revision Committee. During his tenure as a faculty member, his research has been published in numerous books and peer-reviewed academic journals, and he has served as a political analyst and commentator for local, regional, and national news outlets.  For his scholarship and campus efforts, Bowers was given one of the College’s highest awards, the Trustee Distinguished Scholarly Achievement Award, in 1998.  He has also been the recipient of the Father Dorsey Faculty Service Award, and the St. John Fisher College Dean’s Citation Award as a Teacher-Scholar.

A resident of Rochester, Bowers has served as a volunteer for numerous educational and civic organizations. Most recently, in 2007, he was an advisor on the application process of the Career Mentoring Charter High School of Rochester. From 2002 to 2005, he served as commissioner of schools for the Rochester City School District, and before that, was a member of the Law and Government Advisory Board for Rochester’s John Marshall High School. In 1996, he helped found the North Edge Community Organization and served for two years as the president of the neighborhood organization’s board of directors. In 2007, he was an advisor to the North Edge Associated Neighborhoods.

Bowers holds a doctoral degree from Northern Illinois University.