Goucher College names Jose Antonio Bowen as its 11th president


Jose Antonio Bowen, the new president of Goucher College (Courtesy of Goucher College)

A veteran educator, jazz musician and author will become the 11th president of the private Goucher College in the northern suburbs of Baltimore in July.

José Antonio Bowen, author of a book called “Teaching Naked,” which is about moving technology out of the college classroom to improve learning, will succeed the retiring Sanford J. Ungar. The college’s trustees announced the appointment Wednesday.

Bowen is dean and professor of music at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts.

Ungar has led Goucher since 2001. The selective school, with 2,111 students as of last fall, is known for requiring undergraduates to spend time studying abroad. It also is one of relatively few liberal arts colleges to offer courses for credit in prisons.

“Goucher College is a paragon of the liberal arts and sciences tradition, but it also is a place that has boldly embraced big, new ideas in education, such as its comprehensive study abroad requirement,” Bowen said in a statement. He pledged to use “ the framework of interdisciplinary education not only to transform individual students’ lives, but to help change the way people think about value and uses of the liberal arts.”

Bowen, the college said, has spent 35 years as a jazz musician and has appeared in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the United States with performers such as Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Brubeck, and Liberace.

Bowen holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, as well as a master’s in music composition, a master’s in humanities, and a joint doctorate in musicology and humanities — all from Stanford University.

Nick Anderson covers higher education for The Washington Post. He has been a writer and editor at The Post since 2005.
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