ATU’s first woman president takes office


The first female president of a public, four-year university in Arkansas took office Tuesday.

Robin E. Bowen is the 12th president of Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, succeeding Robert C. Brown, who retired from the presidency after 21 years in office, according to an ATU news release.

The ATU Board of Trustees voted unanimously April 22 to elect Bowen.

Bowen previously was vice president for academic affairs, executive vice president and provost at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts and worked in administration at Donnelly College in Kansas, Washburn University in Kansas and Rockhurst University in Missouri.

She has a doctorate degree in higher education administration from Texas Tech University and degrees from the University of Kansas and the University of Arkansas.

Brown is now president emeritus and distinguished professor of economics. He announced his retirement in August.

ATU serves more than 11,000 students on its Russellville and Ozark campuses.