Statement from NAICU President David Warren on the Passing of Bellarmine University (KY) President Joseph McGowan

March 01, 2016

Bellarmine University President Joseph McGowan died early this morning. McGowan was the university’s third president and was appointed in 1990. He served nearly a decade as a member of the NAICU Board of Directors, including 2003-04 as chair of the Committee on Student Aid, 2008-09 as chair of the Committee on Administration, and 2009-10 as chair of the board.

“The unexpected passing of Jay McGowan is a significant loss for the Bellarmine University community and the higher education community nationally.  Jay was an insightful and visionary leader who was highly approachable. During his presidency, Bellarmine transitioned from a local college to an internationally recognized private university.  As part of the NAICU leadership, he focused on federal student aid programs, worked to increase the association’s membership to an all-time record, and expanded its influence both in Washington, DC and nationally.  I will miss not only his advice and gentle manner, but also his friendship and support.  He was a great colleague, and I shall miss him enormously.  On behalf of the NAICU Board and staff, I want to extend our deepest sympathies to the Bellarmine community and the McGowan family.”

David L. Warren, Ph.D.

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