Elliott T. Bowers
Aug. 22, 1919:
Oklahoma City, OK
US Air Force
Director of Testing and Guidance, SHSTC
Director of Student Union
Ph.D., University of Houston
SHSU Vice President for University Affairs / Dean of Students
Named SHSU Distinguished Alumnus
May 30, 2003:
SHSU Marker erected at gravesite
Elliott Toulmin Bowers was the ninth president of SHSU, serving the third longest term of that office (19 years).
A graduate of Mexia High School, Bowers received his bachelor's degree in music from SHSU in 1941, and a master's degree a year later. He received his doctorate in education from the University of Houston in 1959. After service in the Air Force, Bowers returned to Huntsville to work in administration, becoming vice president for university affairs and dean of students, becoming interim president for two years in 1962.
During his 19-year administration, nine major facilities were constructed on campus.
Bowers was awarded Distinguished Alumnus honors in 1976, and honored with the title president emeritus upon his retirement. The stadium, a section of Twentieth Street, and the Honors College are named in his honor.