Arkansas State introduce Tom Bowen as the new university athletic director
JONESBORO, Ark- Tom Bowen is now officially the 12th athletic director for the Red Wolves.
In a press conference today both A-State System President Chuck Welch and A-State Chancellor Kelly Damphousse called Bowen “the perfect person to lead a-state right now”
“[We had] an extraordinary number of applicants that were interested in the position that we talked to, but Tom kept coming back to our conversations,” says Dr. Welch.
Bowen replaces former Arkansas State AD Terry Mohajir who, left last month to take the same position at the University of Central Florida.
Bowen spoke highly of the former AD.
A-State is Bowen's third stop as a university athletic director.
At past universities, he was credited for improving student-athlete GPAs, including setting school records.
Something he says will continue at A-State.
“At Arkansas State, our priority will be for our student-athletes to graduate. To understand that they’re there. Every day to excel in the classroom, the academic rigor that is part of this great university. And when we compete, we go compete,” says Bowen.
Bowen comes to Jonesboro after working as a consultant for the past two years.
Previously he was the athletic director at San Jose State from 2004 to 2012.
He then left California to take the same position at the University of Memphis.
During his time at Memphis, he saw success on the field as the tiger football team set a then-school record with five bowl consecutive bowl game appearances.
Serving as the leader of tiger athletics until he resigned in 2019.
Both Welch and Damphousse said they wanted a problem solver and had a “vision” for the university and A-State Athletics moving into the future.
And someone who wanted to further student success.
Chancellor Damphousse praised Bowen for the wealth of experience and knowledge he is bringing to Arkansas State.
“[He’s part of] the college football A.D. advisory committee, the BCS AD advisory committee, and other things like that in the NCAA. He’s also highly involved with the founding of the American Athletic Conference, and so; this is a person that has a lot of experience at the NCAA leading conferences,” the chancellor said.
Bowen says he has spoken with all the student-athletes and coaches.
He says one of his first goals is to see what the Sun Belt Conference plans for spring practice and next fall; in terms of Covid-19 restrictions.