Rowan names Anthony Lowman, former Engineering dean, as provost

Rowan names Anthony Lowman, former Engineering dean, as provost


Rowan University has appointed Dr. Anthony Lowman as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, the chief academic officer of the growing institution that has campuses in Glassboro, Camden and Stratford, New Jersey. He assumed the position July 1.

Lowman, a resident of Clarksboro, New Jersey, and native of Virginia Beach, has served as dean of the University’s Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering since 2013. He succeeds Dr. James Newell, who now serves as senior vice president for Medical Affairs & Affiliated Campuses.

Lowman led the College of Engineering during a period of rapid growth. Under his tenure, the College constructed a new building and doubled the number of students and faculty in its nationally recognized engineering programs while revitalizing the hallmark undergraduate engineering clinic program and spurring tremendous research growth. While he served as dean, the College created a Ph.D. program and added the Biomedical Engineering Department and the Experiential Engineering Education Department to its original four departments. Dr. Stephanie Farrell, former chair of the Experiential Engineering Education Department, will serve as interim dean until the University conducts a national search for Lowman’s replacement beginning in September.

He earned a B.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia and Purdue University, respectively. Prior to joining Rowan, Lowman was the vice provost for research and business development and a professor of bioengineering at Temple University. Additionally, he spent 15 years at Drexel University in numerous roles, including professor and associate dean in the College of Engineering.

An innovator who has been recognized internationally for work in biomedical engineering, with a focus on hydrogels, Lowman is a long-time educator and researcher and an expert in biomaterials, controlled drug delivery and polymer science and engineering.

He earned attention worldwide for his research on hydrogels by the time he was in his early 30s, and in 2003, MIT Technology Review Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Innovators Worldwide under the Age of 35 for contributions to oral drug delivery. He has published more than 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters and has more than 20 U.S. and worldwide patents issued. His work has attracted more than $20 million in funding.

Lowman was chief technical officer and co-founder of startup company Geliflex Inc., a firm that emerged as the result of hydrogel technology research conducted in his laboratory. Synthes, Inc., a global medical device manufacturer, acquired the firm. Additionally, in his “spare time” he is CTO and co-founder of ReGelTec, Inc. which is developing noninvasive implants for treatment of degenerative disc disease. He has been elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers.  

As provost, Lowman, who will report directly to Rowan’s president, Dr. Ali Houshmand, primarily will be responsible for academic and financial oversight of all undergraduate and graduate academic programs and for hiring faculty, librarians, professional staff and other personnel in collaboration with the deans of the William G. Rohrer College of Business and Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering and the colleges of Communication & Creative Arts, Education, Humanities & Social Sciences, Performing Arts and Science & Mathematics; schools of Health Professions and Earth & Environment; and the Honors College. The provost represents the president, as needed, with internal and external constituents. Within the University, he chairs the Provost Senior Staff and the Deans Council and is a member of the President's Executive Cabinet.