Kathy Johnson Bowles

Fundraiser, Consultant, and Strategic Planner in Raleigh, NC

CEO, Board Member, Advancement & Strategy Expert, Scholar

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Learn more at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathy-johnson-bowles/









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The common threads that create a foundation for my life's work are an unyielding focus on student success, the belief in the power of education and the ability to galvanize people to focus on a shared vision. I am a resilient, steadfast, principles-driven higher education leader, social justice advocate, and artist focused on realizing a greater good for all.

  • Work
    • CEO, Gordian Knot Consulting
  • Education
    • Boston University, BFA, Arts
    • Ohio University, MFA, Photography
Kathy Johnson Bowles is an effective strategic planner and thinker; passionate about her work; dedicated to the institutions she serves; role model for her team and others; holds herself and others to high standards; sets goals for herself and team; supports and facilitates her team’s achievement of their stated goals; has strong interpersonal skills; enjoys working with others; is collaborative and distributes her leadership.
Madeleine Wing Adler, PhD President Emerita, West Chester University of PA
Kathy Johnson Bowles is the most talented academic executive I worked with during many years as a Trustee at Longwood University - an absolute professional when it came to higher ed strategy, advancement and operations. We were extremely lucky to have her as a museum director and an AVP of Strategy, and her strengths after her ACE fellowship grew significantly. She is an absolute asset in nearly any management capacity. Recruiters, please reach out to me directly for additional information.
Stephen Mobley, Former Trustee, Board of Visitors, Longwood University, VA
After knowing Kathy Johnson Bowles for 20 years (as her student, employee, and colleague), I have the utmost respect for her. She has the rare ability to mentor and lead without micromanaging. She regularly creates situations that challenge and push people but provides the support and guidance they need to succeed. She openly shares credit for successes and truly values a team atmosphere. Her strong ethics and high standards, for herself and others, create an atmosphere of professionalism.
Sarah Martin, Curator of Education, Snite Museum, Univ. Notre Dame