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Erskine Bowles to Deliver Appalachian’s Dec. 10 Commencement Address

bowles_.jpgBOONE—Erskine Bowles, incoming president of the University of North Carolina system, will deliver commencement remarks to Appalachian State University graduates at 6 p.m. on Dec. 10 in the Holmes Convocation Center on campus.

Bowles fills in for previously announced commencement speaker N.C. Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, who is unable to attend the event because of a scheduling conflict that resulted when the ceremony was moved to a later time.

Bowles was elected president of the 16-campus UNC system in October. He takes office Jan. 1, 2006.

The native North Carolinian served in President Clinton’s administration as director of the Small Business Administration from 1993-94, as deputy White House chief of staff from 1994-95 and White House chief of staff from 1996-98.

Bowles helped launch the investment banking firm of Bowles Hollowell Conner.He also has served as a general partner of Forstmann Little, a New York-based private equity firm.He ran for U.S. Senate in 2002 and 2004.

Bowles also helped found Dogwood Equity, chaired the Rural Prosperity Task Force, and served as a trustee of the Golden LEAF Foundation—three entities designed to bring economic development to rural North Carolina.Earlier this year, he was appointed United Nations deputy special envoy to 13 tsunami-affected countries in Southeast Asia.

Bowles is a graduate of the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. He holds eight honorary doctorates from universities and colleges throughout America.