Dyersburg State president honored
Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2010 10:23 am
The Messenger 04.29.10
As a part of its Community College Month activities, the Dyersburg State Community College Alumni Association recently hosted a reception honoring Dr. Karen Bowyer for her 25 years of service as president.
The event was held in the Learning Resource Center on the Dyersburg campus.
Over 200 friends, students, faculty and staff members and community leaders attended.
While guests mingled, DSCC music major and Brownsville resident Datris Cobb played the keyboard and a collection of over 150 photographs from Dr. Bowyer’s presidency was shown as a slide presentation.
Mid-way through the reception, the DSCC jazz choir Syncopation performed two pieces for Dr. Bowyer — “Kiss the Girl” and the DSCC alma mater.
Afterward, DSCC Alumni Association president Steve Guttery invited Dyer County Mayor Richard Hill and Dyersburg Mayor John Holden to make presentations. Together, they presented Dr. Bowyer a joint proclamation and a key to the city. Joe Emery, 2010 board chair for the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce, then presented Dr. Bowyer with a commemorative trophy.
The program included remarks from DSCC Foundation Board chairman David Hayes and former DSCC Foundation Board chairman Katie Winchester.
Mary Ann Sellars, DSCC vice president, presented Dr. Bowyer with a silver tray purchased in her honor by the college’s faculty and staff. Ms. Sellars also announced faculty and staff had made a donation in memory of Dr. Bowyer’s mother to the Annual Fund.
Dr. Bowyer thanked everyone in attendance and asked for the community’s continued support of the college, particularly during the upcoming tough budget times. Guttery closed the program.
Dr. Bowyer was appointed DSCC’s president in November 1984, making her the first woman appointed as president of a Tennessee institution of higher education.
She is the longest serving president in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.