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K. Johnson Bowles named WWC Vice President of Advancement


K. Johnson Bowles, Associate Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations at Longwood University, has been named Vice President of Advancement at Warren Wilson College.

Bowles’ appointment by President Steven L. Solnick and the Warren Wilson College Board of Trustees is effective Sept. 22. Bowles will succeed Janet vL. Doyle, who has served as Interim Vice President of Advancement since July 1. Doyle will resume her previous position as Director of Development upon Bowles’ arrival at Warren Wilson.

As Vice President of Advancement, Bowles will be Warren Wilson’s senior fundraising officer and a strategic partner with the President as she assumes responsibility for designing, planning and initiating development programs. She will lead an Advancement team that contributes to the College’s mission and strategic plan through the building of relationships and the engagement of Warren Wilson College alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends.

“We’re elated that Johnson Bowles is coming to Warren Wilson College to lead our Advancement efforts,” Solnick said. “She has the experience and expertise to successfully develop and direct all aspects of a comprehensive Advancement program.”

At Longwood, Bowles secured several of the largest gifts in the university’s history, including numerous seven- and six-figure gifts. During the past year, while holding a dual appointment as Assistant Professor of Art at Longwood, Bowles has been charged with establishing an office to oversee and coordinate university-wide corporate and foundation activities.

“Warren Wilson College has long known what others in higher education are just beginning to understand: there is enormous power and validity in an education that combines academic rigor; the practical application of knowledge through work; and the importance of using one’s skills for the benefit of the community,” Bowles said. “I look forward to being a part of this forward-thinking, creative and innovative institution.”

Before her most recent position, Bowles was an American Council on Education Fellow as well as an Associate Vice President in the Office of the President at Longwood. A  native North Carolinian and an alumna of Boston University and Ohio University, she has 20 years of higher education experience as a faculty member and as an administrator specializing in fundraising, strategic planning, community engagement and management.

“I am eager to enable the greater success of Warren Wilson College and all who are served by the College,” Bowles said. “The role of Advancement is to ensure that the institution as a whole has the tools necessary to enact the mission of the College to its greatest capacity.

“Whether the tool is a new building, more scholarships for students or additional funds for faculty and staff development, the Advancement office will find new ways to tout the achievements of its students, faculty and staff as well as to champion their needs to contributors. In doing so, the ethos of Warren Wilson will continue to thrive and grow as we engage alumni, friends, foundations and businesses, and thoughtfully steward the resources entrusted to us.”

Bowles also is a nationally exhibiting artist who has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, among others. Her academic scholarship focuses on contemporary folk art, African art and photography. Most recently, she served as a guest curator for an exhibition of North Carolina art. Her daughter, Cade, is a junior at Smith College.


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