Mary A. Gowan

Professor-Management at Elon University

Mary A. Gowan

Mary A. Gowan

Professor-Management at Elon University

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Chief Marketing Officer at, Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer at Beta Gamma Sigma

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Associate Professor of Management at Elon University

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Assistant Provost for Teaching & Learning, Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Learning & Professor of History at Elon University

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Dean & Professor of Law at Elon University

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Dean of Student Health & Wellness at Elon University

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Dean of the School of Education & Professor of Education at Elon University

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Director of the Moseley Center at Elon University

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Associate University Chaplain & Director of the Truitt Center for Religious & Spiritual Life at Elon University

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Assistant Dean of Students & Director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity & Diversity Education at Elon University

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Mary A. Gowan
Professor-Management at Elon University
Ph.D. in Business Administration

When the University of Georgia was incorporated by an act of the General Assembly on January 27, 1785, Georgia became the first state to charter a state-supported university. In 1784 the General Assembly had set aside 40,000 acres of land to endow a college or seminary of learning. At the first meeting of the board of trustees, held in Augusta on February 13, 1786, Abraham Baldwin was selected president of the university. A native of Connecticut and a graduate of Yale University, Baldwin -- who had come to Georgia in 1784 -- drafted the charter adopted by the General Assembly. The university was actually established in 1801 when a committee of the board of trustees selected a land site. John Milledge, later a governor of the state, purchased and gave to the board of trustees the chosen tract of 633 acres on the banks of the Oconee River in northeast Georgia. Josiah Meigs was named president of the university and work was begun on the first building, originally called Franklin College in honor of Benjamin Franklin and now known as Old College. The university graduated its first class in 1804. The curriculum of traditional classical studies was broadened in 1843 to include courses in law, and again in 1872 when the university received federal funds for instruction in agriculture and mechanical arts. Seventeen colleges and schools, with auxiliary divisions, carry on the university’s programs of teaching, research, and service. These colleges and schools and the dates of their establishment as separate administrative units are: Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, 1801; College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, 1859; School of Law, 1859; College of Pharmacy, 1903; D. B. Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, 1906; College of Education, 1908; Graduate School, 1910; C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business, 1912; Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, 1915; College of Family and Consumer Sciences, 1933; College of Veterinary Medicine, 1946; School of Social Work, 1964; College of Environment and Design, 1969; School of Public and International Affairs, 2001; the College of Public Health, 2005, the Odum School of Ecology, 2007 and the College of Engineering, 2012. The Division of General Extension, now the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center & Hotel, was incorporated into the university in 1947. In 1931 the General Assembly of Georgia placed all state-supported institutions of higher education, including UGA, under the jurisdiction of a single board. This organization, known as the University System of Georgia, is governed by the board of regents. The board of regents’ executive officer, the chancellor, exercises a general supervisory control over all institutions of the University System, with each institution having its own executive officers and faculty.

M.A., Counselor Education

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Appalachian State University offers a challenging academic environment, energetic campus life and breathtaking location. Appalachian combines the best attributes of a small liberal arts college with those of a large research university. Known for its value and affordability, Appalachian enrolls about 17,000 students and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. Small classes and close interactions between faculty and students create a strong sense of community, which has become an Appalachian hallmark. Appalachian, located in Boone, N.C., is one of 16 universities in the University of North Carolina system.

B.A., Psychology


Career History

Elon University is located just 30 minutes east of Greensboro, North Carolina, in the town of Elon. Students statewide and nationwide find themselves home on the beautiful campus, where bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees are offered in a wide variety of interests. Students interested in Elon’s academic programs will find almost every traditional concentration represented in undergraduate studies. Students interested in applying for a graduate degree can do so in the following fields: *Physicians Assistant *Physical Therapy *Interactive Media *Business Administration *Education *Juris Doctorate Students of Elon are encouraged to engage in academics and college life, whether they are in undergraduate or graduate programs. Students can find social, creative, and intellectual outlets of all sorts. Student clubs, student government, Greek life, the multicultural center, fine and performing arts opportunities, athletic teams, outdoor recreational activities, intramural sports, and much more provide students an opportunity to get a well rounded education. Student services support academic, social, and mental health. Students are able to receive tutoring in almost every subject, attend academic workshops, use the health clinic, and get counseling services, financial aid advising, career advising and much more. Elon University is a wonderful academic environment for students to achieve their full potential inside and outside the classroom.

Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Management & Organization
2001 - 2002

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, executive MS, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community.

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Member, Board of Directors
2010 - Current

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is a Canadian-based, public policy research institute that has a long history of conducting cutting-edge research into sustainable development. IISD's story began in 1988 when Prime Minister Brian Mulroney announced Canada's plans to establish an international institute dedicated to advancing sustainable development at the United Nations. The idea for the institute was rooted in recommendations by a National Task Force on Environment and Economy (designed as a Canadian response to Our Common Future, also known as the Brundtland Report, by the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development and published in 1987). In 1990, Manitoba's Premier Gary Filmon and Canada's Environment Minister Lucien Bouchard signed the agreement that officially created IISD during the Globe Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. The institute was originally established under The Canada Corporations Act, Part II as a non-profit corporation guided by an independent, international board of directors. Today, the institute is a non-partisan, charitable organization specializing in policy research, analysis and information exchange. Through its head office in Winnipeg, Manitoba and its branches in Ottawa, Ontario; New York, NY; and Geneva, Switzerland IISD applies human ingenuity to help improve the well being of the world's environment, economy and society. The institute champions global sustainable development through innovation, research and relationships that span the entire world. It is devoted to the ongoing communication of its findings as it engages decision-makers in business, government, non-government organizations and other sectors. IISD is proud of its diverse, multi-talented team of over 100 staff and associates located in over 30 countries. Through its dynamic portfolio of programs and projects, the institute has partnered with over 200 organizations worldwide. As a registered charitable organization in Canada, the institute has 501 (c) (3) status in the U.S. IISD receives core operating support from the Government of Canada, as provided through the Canadian International Development Agency, the International Development Research Centre, and the Province of Manitoba. The institute also receives project funding from numerous governments inside and outside Canada, United Nations agencies, foundations and the private sector. To learn more about IISD programs and projects, click on the “IISD Corporate General Information Brochure” below and/or "Our Knowledge" button above. To follow our coverage of international negotiations on environment and development, visit IISD Linkages.

Member, Board of Directors
2007 - Current


Member, Board of Directors
2008 - 2011

Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit company headquartered in Burlington, NC, involved in business associations.

Member, Board of Directors
2003 - 2006


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Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.

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