Southwest Conference Staff
Dr. Ray M. Bowen
SWC Council of Presidents, Chair
President, Texas A&M University
Dr. Ray M. Bowen is the 21st President of
Texas A&M University, the nation's third largest
Prior to assuming the presidency of Texas
A&M on June 1, 1994, Dr. Bowen served for a year
as interim president of Oklahoma State University. He joined the
administration at Oklahoma State in 1991 as provost and vice president for
He began his professional career in 1965 when he joined the mechanical engineering faculty at Louisiana State University. Two years
later, he accepted an appointment in the Mechanical Engineering and
Mathermatical Sciences Department at Rice University, where he served
for 16 years including five years as department chair. Dr. Bowen later
served as dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Bowen was a member of the National Science Foundation staff
on two occasions. Prior to accepting the top academic position at
Oklahoma State, he served for almost two years at NSF's Washington
D.C. headquarters, most recently as deputy assistant director for engineering. He also served as director of the Division aof Mechanical Engineering
and Applied Mechanics from 1982-83.
Immediately after receiving his Ph.D., he began three years of active
military duty and served on the faculty of the Air Force Institute of
Technology in Dayton, Ohio. He subsequently served for a year as a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University. He has twice served abroad
as a visiting professor, in 1974 in New Zealand and 1979 in Germany.
He holds two degrees from Texas A&M. He earned a B.S. in 1958
and a Ph.D. in 1961, both in mechanical engineering. He also received a
master's degree from the California Institue of Technology in 1959.
Kyle Kallander was named sixth Commissioner of the Southwest Conference on June 7, 1995.
He came to the SWC in Aug., 1992, as Assistant
Commissioner after serving as director of advertising and promotions for the University of Washington
Kallander's duties at the SWC have included
football affairs, including game administration and television, compliance
programs, championship administration and special events such as the
annual GTE/SWC Football Kickoff Luncheon, and the SWC Spring
The native of Mercer Island, Washington, and holder of both an
undergraduate and master's degree from the University of Washington,
coordinated advertising and promotion for 23 men's and women's sports
for the Huskies for three years.
He has worked for two decades in a variety of athletic endeavors
which have had regional and national impacts. Kallander began his career
as a public reltions assistant for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and later
became director of marketing for Sportslnk. The latter organization
handled various college game programs and the souvenir edition for the
1984 U.S. Women's Olympic Marathon Trials.
From 1983-85 he also served as sports coordinator for Uniprint
Printing Co. in Seattle and was responsible for all phases of publication for
five college and professional organization' game programs, media guides
and special supplements.
In 1985 the Washington resident began a seven-year association with
the Univeristy of Washington, first as an assistant to the athletic director.
His tenure has included such diverse duties as handling the UW football
team travel, director of compliance, selling Husky promotional packages
to regional and naitonal sponsors and serving as a liaison to university
flagship radio and television stations for broadcast sponsorhips and
promotions. Kyle and his wife, Lisa, have two sons - Stefan and Tristan.
One of the most respected names in college
basketball circles, Bill Foster is in his third year at the
Southwest Conference office as an associate Commissioner.
Foster's responsibilities include a wide variety
of day-to-day basketball administrative duties as
well as the planning and undertaking of the Dr Pepper SWC Classic. He
arranged for a first-ever SWC all-stars' basketball tour to Mexico in 1995.
Foster also serves as tournament director for the first and second rounds
of the NCAA Tournament, hosted by the SWC at Reunion Arena in 1996.
One of the nation's most outstanding on-the-floor-coaches and
basketball organizers, Foster became the first coach in NCAA history to
guide four different Division I schools to 20-win seasons. He was named
the National Basketball Coach of the Year in 1978 after leading the Duke
Blue Devils to a 27-7 record, the NCAA Final Four and the national title
game against Kentucky. That team's efforts are chronicled in noted author
John Feinstein's book Forever's Team.
Foster served as president of the National Association of Basketball
Coaches and has served as a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of
Fame Board of Trustees for more than 15 years and currently serves as
president of the Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Elizabethtown
College, Pennsylvania and Rutgers University Sports Halls of Fame.
Foster, who has served as a college basketball analyst for CBS and ESPN,
has coached 12 players who have continued their careers in the National
Basketball Association and 40 others who have competed professionaly in
Europe and Asia.
In the summer of 1992, Foster was head coach of a Big Ten squad that
traveled to Europe and compiled a 6-1 record against teams from England,
Belgium and the Netherlands. He also coached teamsin the 1986 U.S.
Olympic Festival in Houston and the 1991 Japan/Aloha Classic. A noted
clinician, Foster had made speaking appearances in many foreign countries including Greece, Belgium, The Netherlands, China, Japan, Costa
Rica, Iceland, Switzerland, and the Philippines.
Foster compiled a carrer record of 467-409 in 33 seasons as head
coach at Bloomsburg (Pa.) State, Rutgers, Utah, Duke, South Carolina,
and Northwestern. Prior to coming to the SWC, he served as Interim
Director of Athletics and Recreation at Northwestern after a six-year stint
as head coach of the Wildcats.
A native of Norwood, Pa., Foster served from 1951 -52 in the U.S. Air
Force, graduated from Elizabethtown College in 1954 and earned a
master's degree from Temple University in 1957. He coached six years
at Chichester and Abington high schools before taking the head position
at Bloomsburg State College.
Foster and his wife, Shirley have four daughters - Vicky. Debra. Julie
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