Linda Bowman, PhD, is interim vice provost and senior vice chancellor for student access and achievement. She is also a clinical professor in the Leadership for Educational Equity program.
Bowman is leading the development of the new Doctor of Education, Leadership for Educational Equity concentration in higher education. The new offering empowers leaders in higher education to improve educational access, equity and success in diverse urban and rural communities. The three-year, cohort-based program provides a hybrid online and on-campus format that is accessible to working professionals. The first student cohort in the Doctor of Education, Leadership for Educational Equity in Higher Education program will begin coursework in summer 2019.
Before joining the CU Denver faculty in January 2018, Bowman spent a career leading community colleges in Colorado – 13 years as president and more than 25 years in leadership in the Colorado Community College System.
Bowman holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish and a master’s degree in English. She began her career teaching in K-12 classrooms but soon moved to teaching and administration at the college level. Her interest in community colleges led her to CU Denver, where she earned a master’s degree and doctorate in public administration.
In Colorado, Bowman has contributed to a number of important policy initiatives, including credit articulation/transfer, public higher education funding, and concurrent credit offerings for high school students.
Her vast leadership experience includes serving 12 years as president of the Community College of Aurora. She is currently board chair for the Denver Scholarship Foundation.
She also served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Hong Kong, where she worked with public and private two-year colleges and elite public universities on the challenges of credit transfer.