Anthony R. Bowrin, PhD, Appointed Dean of the Cotsakos College of Business at William Paterson University

Anthony R. Bowrin, PhD

Anthony (Tony) R. Bowrin, PhD, a highly respected scholar and administrator with significant senior leadership experience at three internationally recognized business schools, has been appointed dean of the Cotsakos College of Business at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey after a national search. He will join the University on July 1, 2020.

Bowrin has served as dean of the Scott L. Carmona College of Business at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan since July 2016, where he previously served as associate dean from 2013 to 2016. He first joined Saginaw Valley State University in 2009 as an accounting professor.

He served as executive director of The University of the West Indies School of Business and Applied Studies Limited from 2007 to 2009, and as deputy dean of distance education and outreach, Faculty of Social Sciences, at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, from 2004 to 2006. He originally joined The University of the West Indies in 2000 as a full-time lecturer in the Department of Management Studies.

“I am so pleased that Dr. Bowrin will be our next Dean of the Cotsakos College of Business,” says Joshua Powers, PhD, William Paterson University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “He brings a breadth and depth of experience in a variety of areas, combined with a leadership approach that is well aligned with our values and goals at William Paterson University.”

“I believe that the Cotsakos College of Business mission—which focuses on preparing students for career success in business through programs that develop academic excellence and professional enrichment, supported by the applied research of faculty—are well aligned with my commitment to student success through intellectual rigor, teaching excellence, and practical experiences,” Bowrin echoes. “Like the College, I am passionate about promoting student success through individualized, engaged and experiential approaches and intellectual rigor; and helping faculty, staff and business partners achieve their objectives. I believe that this is the surest path to sustainable competitiveness."

Bowrin is an active scholar whose research focuses on corporate governance and financial reporting quality. His work has been published in several leading academic journals including Accounting Education: An International Journal; Advances in International Accounting; Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal; Journal of Accounting Literature; Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies; Managerial Finance; and Journal of Co-operative Studies.

He has led consulting and executive development programs for several economically significant businesses throughout the English-speaking Caribbean. He has served as a director of several organizations including Bay Future Inc., Michigan; the UWI School of Business and Applied Studies Limited – ROYTEC; the UWI Credit Union Cooperative Society Limited; Cable News Channel 3; Trinidad Broadcasting Company Limited; and the Caribbean Court of Justice Trust Fund. He is a member of the American Accounting Association, the Institute of Management Accountants, USA, the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a member of the Saginaw Valley Rotary Club, and a volunteer with The Legacy Center, Midland, Michigan.

Bowrin holds a PhD in business administration (auditing), from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and a master of science in accounting and a bachelor of science in management studies from University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.

“The opportunity to join William Paterson University is very attractive given the technical and practice expertise of the Cotsakos College of Business faculty and the excellent teaching and learning resources available to facilitate student success,” Bowrin says. “I am excited to work with faculty, staff and other stakeholders to better prepare students to make positive and significant contributions to society.”