William Bowen

  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Princeton University, emeritus

William Bowen is president emeritus of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where he served from 1988 to 2006, and president emeritus of Princeton University, where he served from 1972 to 1988. He is currently the founding chairman of Ithaka Harbors, Inc., an organization launched by the Mellon foundation to accelerate the adoption of information technology for the benefit of higher education. He is the author or co-author of more than 20 books, including most recently, The Board Book: An Insider’s Guide for Directors and Trustees (2008), and Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education (2005) with Martin Kurzweil and Eugene Tobin. Previous books include Reclaiming the Game: College Sports and Educational Values (2003) with Sarah Levin; The Game of Life: College Sports and Educational Values (2001) with James Shulman; and The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions (1998) with Derek Bok. Bill currently serves on the boards of JSTOR, ARTstor, and TIAA-CREF, and was formerly on the boards of American Express and Merck & Co., Inc. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Bill earned his Ph.D. in economics at Princeton University.