Tom Bowling Appointed Interim President of Frostburg State University
Adelphi, MD (April 10, 2015)-University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor William
E. Kirwan has appointed Tom Bowling as interim president of Frostburg State
University (FSU). The appointment is effective July 1, 2015. Bowling is
currently FSU's vice president for student affairs.
As interim president, Bowling will temporarily succeed FSU President Jonathan Gibralter who announced in
February that he is leaving the university to become president of Wells College in Aurora, NY. President of FSU
since August 2006, Gibralter will join Wells on July 1.
"We are fortunate that Dr. Bowling is willing to lead Frostburg State
University during this period of transition," said Chancellor Kirwan. "Throughout
his career, he has worked tirelessly to expand opportunities for Frostburg
students and help the university achieve greater excellence."
Bowling joined the FSU community in 1976 and has served as vice
president for student affairs since 2006. Nationally, he has been active in
several professional associations, including the Fulbright Association
following his own experience as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany. He also has
served as a member of the ACT Board of Trustees and a team member on several
accreditation site visits for the Middle States Association.
Bowling received his Ph.D. in higher education administration from
Florida State University, his M.Ed. from Wayne State University while serving
with the U.S. Army in Germany, and his B.A. from Illinois State University.
deeply appreciative of the support that I have received from Chancellor Kirwan
and his staff, from my colleagues on campus, and from leaders in the
community," said Bowling. "Frostburg State University has been a big part of my
life for almost 39 years. I am looking forward to the challenges of this new
role, and deepening my service to a university that plays such a key role in
Western Maryland and makes such a difference in the lives of our students."
Chancellor Kirwan will soon announce the appointment of the Frostburg
State University presidential search and screening committee. The committee
will conduct a national search for FSU's next president, culminating with the
forwarding of top candidates to the USM Board of Regents for the final
One of 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland, Frostburg
State University is a student-centered teaching and learning institution that
offers students a wide range of experiential opportunities. Student enrollment
totals more than 5,600 students. The university contributes to regional and
statewide economic and workforce development and promotes cultural enrichment
throughout Western Maryland and beyond. To learn more about the university,
Contact: Anne Moultrie