Dr. Gowen holds degrees in both computer science and mathematics. He was an active member of the department for 34 years, from 1972 to 2006. He served as chairperson of the Department for 18 of those years.
He also took on major administrative responsibilities, serving twice as acting co-dean of academic affairs and as president of the faculty senate, as well as serving on every major commitee of the College, often several times.
He has taught courses ranging from sublime (Computational Complexity) to mundane (Math 099) and everything in between. His legacy is not just the department and the programs he shaped, but the many students he taught and inspired over those years.
The Department of Computer Science and Information Technology addresses existing and emerging student and community needs in information technology and computer science through high-quality undergraduate and graduate educational programs, research in collaboration with industry and government, and service to the College, professional societies, and the community.