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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2003
Contact: Steve Buchholz, Public Information Manager, 394-6082
South Dakota Honors Dr. Richard Gowen
More than 400 friends, colleagues, and family members will gather this week to
honor South Dakota School of Mines and Technology President Dr. Richard
Gowen for his many contributions to education, Rapid City, the Black Hills, and
the state of South Dakota. Dr. Gowen retires June 30, 2003, after 16 years at
Dr. Gowen’s retirement event is scheduled for Thursday, May 8, at the Rushmore
Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City. A reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30
p.m. The program, with its presentations about Gowen’s many contributions,
begins at 6:30 p.m. The event is by invitation only, but Tech invites the media to
Dr. Gowen became the 16th president of the South Dakota School of Mines and
Technology in 1987. He also served as Vice President for Tech from 1977 to
1984, and as President of Dakota State University in Madison from 1984 to1987.
Prior to joining the higher education system in South Dakota, Dr. Gowen served
as an officer in the United States Air Force from 1957 to 1977. His service to the
Air Force included 15 years as a member of the permanent faculty of the U.S. Air
Force Academy. He also served as the Director of the joint NASA-Air Force
Space Medical Instrumentation Project, and as a member of the NASA Astronaut
Medical Research launch and Recovery Team.
Dr. Gowen earned an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from
Rutgers University in 1957. He earned a master’s in 1960 and a Ph.D. in 1962,
both in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.
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At Tech, Dr. Gowen has been instrumental in making sure the university offers
programs that appeal to prospective students and that meet the needs of
industry. He helped design and implement programs such as the Center of
Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production that not only prepare
students with the technical skills they need, but that teach the teaming and
interpersonal skills necessary in today’s workforce.
Dr. Gowen has testified before the state Legislature and before Congress to
lobby for legislation that would benefit students and higher education in South
Dakota. He has been an innovator, making sure students at Tech have access to
emerging technology. He has been aggressive in encouraging faculty and staff to
pursue research funding that allows the university to perform investigations that
can positively impact education, industry, the military, and other government
agencies. Most recently, he was instrumental in securing millions from the U.S.
Army Research Laboratory to create the Advanced Materials Processing Center,
a laboratory that will use 21st Century laser and welding technology to advance
the production and use of materials for military and industrial applications.
Dr. Gowen’s impact will be felt at South Dakota Tech and in South Dakota long
after he retires. His retirement event is one way that those who have experienced
that impact will thank him.
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