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CSU establishes Bowen fellowship for doctoral studies in Urban Affairs with $1 million gift from Dealer Tire’s Scott Mueller

When William “Bill” Bowen Ph.D. retired at the end of May, colleagues, family and friends gathered in the Levin College’s Steinbacher Atrium to celebrate his decorated career. Among them was Scott Mueller, CEO of Dealer Tire and longtime friend.  

Toward the end of the evening, Mueller made his way to podium.  

“He’s the smartest guy on the planet,” he said of Dr. Bowen. 

“I am so fortunate to know him. He has touched me, his students and the world. Bill always makes me think, wonder, contemplate, and that type of friend makes you a better person. When I found out he was retiring, I wanted to find a way to show him my thanks and appreciation for all he has done.” 

Mueller then announced a $1 million gift to the university in Bowen’s honor. 

The gift will establish the William M. ‘Bill’ Bowen Fellowship for Doctoral Studies in Urban Affairs and allow merit-based scholarship for advanced study in the Urban Affairs doctoral program. 

“This new fellowship is the perfect way to honor Dr. Bill Bowen and to continue his legacy at CSU,” said CSU President Laura Bloomberg.  

“The doctoral students supported by this generous gift will be afforded the opportunity to grow academically and research subjects to which Dr. Bowen dedicated his career. We are honored that future doctoral students will know about the impact that he has had on our university.”


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