Luanne Bowman

Luanne Bowman

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Russ College of Engineering and Technology welcomes new chief financial and administrative officer

The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University has welcomed Luanne Bowman as its new chief financial and administrative offer. The position, similar to those in other colleges, was created in response to the university's transition to responsibility center management.

Bowman, formerly of Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington, West Va., will oversee all of the non-academic administrative business of the Russ College, including financial planning, human resources management and facilities initiatives.

According to Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin, he and Bowman will work closely to ensure that decisions are made with the college's core academic mission at the forefront.

"With the increasing complexity of the college, driven largely by our sustained high level of research activity; our wide array of facilities in the city, county, and state; and our rapid rise in enrollment and success of our students; our college leaders were devoting most of our time to administration rather than leadership. The same is true of department chairs and center and institute directors," Irwin said."We needed someone with Luanne's proven record and talents to organize and oversee the activities that are administrative in nature, so the rest of Russ College leadership can focus on students and our commitment to creating for good in everything we do."

Responsibility center management, or RCM, is a decentralized approach to budget allocation that assigns greater control over resource decisions to academic colleges and deans.

At Mountwest, Bowman was BEACON project manager, responsible for implementation and management of a $5 million Department of Labor grant to improve student graduation and retention rates. Prior to that, she served Rio Grande Community College as vice president for financial and administrative affairs for more than a decade. At Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences in Charleston, West Va., she oversaw a $100 million capital campaign and construction of a performing arts and museum complex.

A former instructor of various business courses at Mountwest, Rio Grande and Marshall University Mid-Ohio Valley Center, she holds an M.B.A from West Virginia University and a bachelor's in business from Marshall University.