William Penn names the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service Award
Professor emeritus, Allen J. Bowman of Oskaloosa, Iowa will be inducted into the William Penn University Alumni Hall of Fame at this year’s Homecoming Recognition Banquet. Bowman is one of two recipients of the 2013 Distinguished Service Award. This award is bestowed upon an individual whose life of service has been exemplary. This honor extends beyond the circle of Penn alumni to those who embody the William Penn commitment to community and humanitarian services.
Bowman joined the faculty at Penn in 1966. During his 24-year tenure, he served as a professor of religion and philosophy and in 1979 he was appointed as campus minister. He fully immersed himself in the campus community, serving on the Board of Trustees, President’s Council, Faculty Senate, and several other campus committees. In 1990, he became one of three individuals in the history of the university to receive the prestigious D. Elton Trueblood Distinguished Quaker Scholar Award.
Prior to coming to William Penn, Bowman pastored the Friends Church in Alva, Oklahoma and later in Berkeley, California. Bowman also served as Assistant Professor of Bible for nine years at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.
During his time at William Penn College, he saw the student body grow to one of the largest enrollment numbers on record in the early 70’s, and witnessed the struggles of the college in the early 80’s. Bowman still visits campus regularly, utilizing the indoor walking track in the Penn Activity Center (PAC) and he continues to take an active interest in the Campus Ministry program. Most recently, he has watched with excitement the growth, revitalization, and renewal across campus stating, “William Penn University stands on the verge of one of the best times of its life. One that is better than I’ve ever observed before.”
William Penn University is honored to present the 2013 Distinguished Service award to Allen J. Bowman for his commitment to the Quaker principles and for his many years of serving the William Penn community.
This year’s Homecoming will also celebrate the 140th Anniversary of William Penn. A complete schedule of events can be found on the university website, www.wmpenn.edu.