The Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) inducted Dr. Karen Bowyer from Dyersburg State into the TCCAA Hall of Fame this month. Dr. Bowyer is celebrating her 35th year as president of the institution and her induction was presented to her by Dr. Foster Chason, Commissioner of the TCCAA.
President Bowyer's leadership contributions to the TCCAA and the NJCAA are significant. Her devotion to the student-athlete, and athletic opportunitiesat the community/junior college level is unparalleled, especially in regard to the TCCAA. Dr. Bowyer has served as :
- Chair, American Association of Community Colleges Athletic Advisory Committee, 2001-2004
- Presidential Representative, Board of Directors, National Junior College Athletic Association, 1992-1996
- Board Liaison Member, National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators and the NJCAA, 1993-1995
- President (1993-1995) and Vice President (1991-1993), Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association (TJCCAA)
- Member, Strategic Planning Committee of the NJCAA, 1987-1993
She has served as Dyersburg's president since November of 1984. Over the past 34 years she has spearheaded the developmentof Off-campus centers in Covington, Trenton, and Union City. Dr. Bowyer began the College's first Annual Fund Campaign in 1985-1986. Over the past 33 years the campaigns have raised over $26.3 million. The DSCC Foundation was charted in 1988 and began raising money for an endowment fund which now totals over $8 million. Enrollment has grown by more than 100% during her tenure.
Dr. Bowyer earned a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of alabama, a Master's Degree in mathematics from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and German from Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois.