Lisa Jamison Bowling ’89 is the University of Mary Washington’s new vice president for advancement and university relations, including oversight of alumni relations. Bowling served for the past seven years as assistant vice president for resource development at Roanoke College, where she was instrumental in a $200 million comprehensive campaign. She also led a strategic assessment of the institution’s positioning and branding.
Bowling spent 10 years at Ferrum College before joining Roanoke College. Immediately after graduating from Mary Washington with a double major in English and political science, she worked in marketing and public relations for various companies and nonprofits. She earned an MBA from Wake Forest University in 2009.
“Few people have the opportunity to help shape the place that was most formative to them,” Bowling said. “Mary Washington placed me on a path of success, and I hope to parlay my experiences into a powerful impact for the university and its students.”
Bowling fills the vice presidency vacated in 2016 by the retirement of Salvatore “Torre” Meringolo.
Peter S. Kelly is the new dean of the College of Education, charged with continuing the growth of the undergraduate and graduate education programs and leading the college through its next accreditation cycle, scheduled for fall 2019.
Kelly comes to UMW from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, where he was an interim associate dean for the School of Health Sciences and Education. Kelly has extensive experience with the accreditation process. He has a bachelor’s degree in education and master’s and doctoral degrees in behavior disorders from the University of Kansas.