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Dr. Jane Bowers Named Provost of John Jay College

New York, NY, March 3, 2008 – Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice today announced the appointment of Dr. Jane Bowers as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“Dr. Bowers is passionately devoted to our College,” Travis said.  “In a time of historic change at John Jay, we are fortunate to have as our academic leader someone with deep knowledge of our community, creative ideas about ways to support scholarship and teaching, and strong interpersonal skills.  I am confident that she will provide energetic and creative leadership during the critical next phase of our journey toward academic excellence.”

Provost Bowers had been serving as interim Provost since July 1, 2007.  Previously, she was John Jay’s Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

Travis specifically noted that during Bowers’ tenure as interim Provost, she has created new financial and budgetary systems, opened new lines of communication with fellow administrators and the faculty, forged new relationships between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, and worked to recruit and retain “the very best faculty.”

As Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and subsequently as interim Provost, Bowers played a key role in the design and implementation of educational partnerships with CUNY community colleges and the development of new liberal arts majors at John Jay.

Bowers, who was a member of John Jay’s English department faculty from 1987-1997, said she was “excited by the opportunity come back to a college I love and help shape its future.  It’s a privilege and a dream come true.”

“I have a lot of ambition for the College,” Bowers said, “and I’d like to help students realize their ambitions.  Love is not too strong a word for how I feel about the students here.”

One of the best parts of her job, Bowers said, is getting to know the future faculty of John Jay through her involvement in the recruitment process.  “It’s exciting to have all this fresh energy and vision.”

“I am gratified and very much energized by President Travis’s vote of confidence in me, and the many expressions of congratulation I’ve gotten from colleagues at John Jay.”

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nationsIn teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law.  For more information, visit