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Bowen Selected to Speak at OT Conference

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Dr. Robin E. Bowen, president of Arkansas Tech University, has been chosen as the speaker for the Marian Ross Lectureship at the Arkansas Occupational Therapy Association fall 2016 conference hosted by the University of Central Arkansas.

Bowen will speak in the Ida Waldran Auditorium at UCA’s Old Main in Conway at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7.

The lectureship is named for the founding chair of the UCA Department of Occupational Therapy and the first African American to serve as a chairperson at UCA. Ross also served as chief of occupational therapy at facilities in Arkansas and Ohio from 1957-91. She died in 2001 at the age of 73.

Bowen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas and a Master of Education degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Arkansas before receiving her Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in higher education administration from Texas Tech University.

The first female chief executive officer of a public, four-year university in the State of Arkansas, Bowen is the 12th president of Arkansas Tech. She took office on July 1, 2014, following a unanimous election by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees.