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Dr. Julie A. Furst-Bowe was appointed the eighth chancellor of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on July 2, 2012. Before her appointment as chancellor, Furst-Bowe served from 2005 to June 2012 as provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Her previous roles at UW-Stout included: assistant chancellor, Assessment and Continuous Improvement; associate vice chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs; and chair of the Department of Communications, Education and Training.
Furst-Bowe is recognized nationally and internationally for her expertise in quality higher education and has authored several articles and a book on this topic, Quality and Performance Excellence in Higher Education. She recently edited a book on advancing STEM education and is an editor of the International Journal of Excellence in Education. She has served as a quality improvement consultant for numerous colleges and universities and is currently under contract to provide consulting services to Singapore's Ministry of Education, Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University in Dubai and Ahlia University in Bahrain. She was recently selected as a Fulbright Scholar and has worked with a new university in Azerbaijan through the Fulbright program.
Furst-Bowe is a member of St. Louis Civic Progress, the executive committee of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, Innovate St. Louis, and the Boards of Directors of the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market, Hospital Sisters Health System, University Park, SIUE and Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois. She is a founding board member of the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education and serves as higher education chair for the American Society for Quality.
Furst-Bowe earned her Ed.D. in work, family and community education from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, her master of science in media technology from UW-Stout, and her baccalaureate degree in journalism from UW-Eau Claire.