About the Institute
A gift from Jack and Jo Ann Bowman, along with other major contributions from David and Denise Cole and Rick and Sylvia Haggen, also allows for the creation and endowment of the Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership, named in honor of WWU President Emeritus Karen Morse.
The new interdisciplinary institute will support and expand Western's goal to develop graduates who are well prepared to exercise responsible leadership in their chosen careers and communities.
A $1 million gift from Jack and Jo Ann Bowman endowed the Bowman Distinguished Professorship in Leadership that will be dedicated to curricular innovation, teaching, and scholarship that advances the understanding and application of leadership.
“We were just very happy that we were able to pay back a little of what Western had done for us,” said Jack Bowman, a Western alumnus. “When we heard that Karen Morse was involved with the leadership program, we thought what better way to do something for Western and at the same time something that would be identified with Karen.”
“We have no shortage of bright students at Western,” he said. “But this program will help generate a new generation of students who won’t just be ready to follow, they’ll be ready to lead.”