William G. Bowen was born on October 6, 1933, and died on October 20, 2016.
He was President Emeritus of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation where he served as President from 1988 to 2006.
Bowen was the president of Princeton University from 1972 to 1988.
He went to Denison University, where he was initiated into the Sigma Chi fraternity.
William Bowen graduated from Denison in 1955 and Princeton University in 1958, where he earned a PhD.
William Bowen joined the Princeton faculty in 1958, specializing in labor economics.
He has authored 19 books, including the Grawemeyer Award-winning The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions (co-authored with Derek Bok).
Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education (2005) Which was one of his books,, was coauthored with Eugene M. Tobin and Martin A. Kurzweil.
His study of graduation rates at public universities in the United States culminated in the book Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universities that was coauthored with Matthew M. Chingos and Michael S. McPherson.
The Duke University President Richard H. Brodhead appointed him and Julius L. Chambers to evaluate the performance of Duke University’s administration in handling the 2006 lacrosse team case.
William G. Bowen passed away at 83 years old.