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 university.
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 of 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
Daylon, Ohio. He subsequently served for a year as a post-doctoral 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
I » Kyle Kallander was named sixth Commissioner of
■ the Southwest Conference on June 7,1995. He came to
4it Im i I tne SWC in Au9-'1992) as Assistant Commissioner after
I serving as director of advertising and promotions for the
S^ I University of Washington from 1989-92.
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
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
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
Foster and his wife, Shirley have four daughters - Vicky, Debra. Julie and
Championships and Compliance
Coley Chambless is in her fourth year with the Southwest
Conference office and herfirst as Assistant Commissioner. She
was Legislative Assistand in the SWC in 1993-95.
Chambless' duties revolve around coordinating SWC
student-athlete eligibility, championships, coaches certifiction
and GTE Academic Honor Teams. She also assists with the league's drug testing program
and coordinates the Commissioner's Honor Roll each semester, while aiding with the
administration of the SWC volleyball, men'd women's swimming, and men's and women's
Chambless served the leauge office as an adminisve intern during 1992-93 and was
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