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William G. Bowen, WF ’55

william bowenThe Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is deeply saddened by the passing of William G. Bowen, a 1955 Woodrow Wilson Fellow and former president of Princeton University, as well as of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Dr. Bowen, an economist and 2012 National Humanities Medalist, was a nationally noted expert on higher education and author of such books as The Shape of the River (1998, on race in university admissions, with Derek Bok), Lessons Learned (2010, on leadership in higher education), and Higher Education in the Digital Age (2013). He helped lead Princeton into a new coeducational era and created such pioneering electronic resources for higher education as JSTOR, ArtSTOR, and ITHAKA.

For more on Dr. Bowen’s leadership as a Fellow, see this 2014 article from Fellowship, the WW newsletter; learn more about his life in this New York Times obituary.


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