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H. Woods Bowman 1941-2015

H. Woods Bowman received his PhD in economics from Syracuse University. His experience included Chief Financial Officer of Cook County (1990-94), a member of the House of Representatives, Illinois General Assembly (1977-90), and Chair of the Appropriations II Committee. His areas of interest included economics, finance, and ethics. His book, Finance Fundamentals for Nonprofits: Building Capacity and Sustainability, received the 2013 Hodgkinson Research Prize from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). He authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, including “Issues in Nonprofit Finance Research: Surplus, Endowment, and Endowment Portfolios” (2012, with H.P. Tuckman and D.R. Young), “The Contribution of Corporation Law to Civil Society” (2011), “The Economic Value of Volunteers to Organizations” (2009). Although retired from teaching at DePaul University in 2012, Dr. Bowman continued to publish scholarly works internationally. Forthcoming articles in anthologies include “Ethics and Nonprofits” in Practicing Professional Ethics in Economics and Public Policy and several articles on nonprofit organizations in the Taylor and Francis Encyclopedia of Public Administration. Dr. Bowman also wrote a column on ethics for the Nonprofit Quarterly​.


Selected Publications

Remembering Dr. Bowman

DePaul School of Public Service, Pete Reinwald
With memories from faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Crain's Chicago BusinessGreg Hinz​
"I always found Bowman not only smart in both an academic and worldly sense, but as honest as they come."

WTTW Chicago TonightCharles Jefferson​
"Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle: Woody was a fixture in Illinois politics and government for decades."

Capitol FaxRich Miller  ​
Wood​s Bowman​
"You listened to him not because he commanded it or because he bragged about his education and experience, but because he was so bright and interesting and innovative. He was truly an exemplary public servant."

Huffington Post Politics, Michael Golden
A Life Spent Leading by Example​
"People who knew Woods and who worked with Woods all describe him as the quiet kind of leader who would let his work speak for itself.​"

Dr. Bowman at SPS

Dr. H. Woods Bowman at DePaul Graduation 2006
​​​​​DePaul Graduation, 2006​
Dr. H. Woods Bowman at DePaul SPS Pub Night, 2005
​SPS Pub Night, 2005  ​​​
Dr. H. Woods Bowman and wife Michele Thompson at DePaul SPS 30th Anniversary, 2000
SPS 30th Anniversary, 2000 ​​​​
Dr. H. Woods Bowman at Pi Alpha Alpha Ceremony & SPS Year End Party, 2015
​​​Pi Alpha Alpha Ceremony & SPS Year End Party, 2015​​​​
Dr. H. Woods Bowman at DePaul SPS Author Talk, 2011
​SPS Author Talk, 2011​​​​
Dr. H. Woods Bowman at Work, 2001
​​​​Dr. ​Bowman at Work, 2001​​​​
Dr. H. Woods Bowman at SPS Christmas Party, 2010
​​​​SPS Christmas Party, 2010​​​