Joseph Garcia has been named to the Bowman Distinguished Professorship in Leadership and will be director of the new Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership at Western Washington University, Western Provost Dennis Murphy announced.
A $1 million gift from Jack and Jo Ann Bowman endowed the Bowman Distinguished Professorship in Leadership that will be dedicated to curricular innovation, teaching, and scholarship, which advances the understanding and application of leadership.
The Bowman gift, along with other major contributions from David and Denise Cole and Rick and Sylvia Haggen, also allows for the creation and endowment of the Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership, named in honor of WWU President Emeritus Karen Morse.
The new interdisciplinary institute will support and expand Western’s goal to develop graduates who are well prepared to exercise responsible leadership in their chosen careers and communities.
Garcia, who will begin his new duties this fall, is now associate dean of Western’s College of Business and Economics (CBE) and director and founder of the Center for Excellence in Management Education at CBE.