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Dr. Joseph McGowan, Bellarmine University

Dr. Jay McGowan Joseph "Jay" McGowan has been president of Bellarmine University since 1990.

Dr. McGowan led the transformation of Bellarmine College to Bellarmine University, which has been named as the region’s best comprehensive university by U.S. News and World Report over 12 continuous years. Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges and the Princeton Review, The Best 357 Colleges also include Bellarmine University as an excellent university.

During his tenure, Dr. McGowan’s highlights at Bellarmine include, but are not limited to:

  • 20 new academic programs created
  • A School of Education, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, the Center for Interdisciplinary Technology& Entrepreneurship, and a Center for Ethics and Social Justice established, and the Lansing School of Nursing expanded to include Health Sciences
  • A new Thomas Merton Center has been built to house the 45,000 document Merton archives.

Dr. Jay McGowan with Candyce Clifft Dr. McGowan’s civic and professional involvements have included such organizations as Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI), Frazier Historical Arms Museum, J.B. Speed Art Museum, and Metro United Way. He was named Board Chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities for 2009-2010.

Immediately prior to leading Bellarmine, Dr. McGowan served for twenty-two years at Fordham University in New York as a vice president and dean.

Dr. Jay McGowan He received his doctorate in higher education from Columbia University in New York and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. McGowan also is a graduate of Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management.

Biographical information from Bellarmine University.
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