Bower Award for Business Leadership
Former CEO and Chairman of Xerox Corporation, David Kearns served as Deputy Secretary of Education in the first Bush Administration and was the founder of the New American Schools Development Corporation (now New American Schools, with 2,400 participating schools). Kearns was the co-author of Winning The Brain Race, and A Legacy of Learning.
Mr. Kearns earned an undergraduate degree in business administration in 1952 from the University of Rochester.
Information as of 1991
Arnold O. Beckman invented scientific instruments that revolutionized the study and understanding of human biology.
Dr. Beckman, born in 1900, developed a love for science at a young age, sparked by reading an old chemistry textbook. He pursued his interest in science at the University of Illinois, earning a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1922, and then an M.S. in physical chemistry one year later. He obtained his Ph.D. in photochemistry at the California Institute of Technology in 1928, where he also served as a professor. Read More
Over his more than sixty years at Motorola, Inc., Mr. Galvin lead the company into a position of global leadership, moving the organization from a few hundred million dollars in annual sales to tens of billions. He led the company as it made innovations in television receivers, dispatch mobile communication, transistors, paging, cellular technology, and other innovations. Read More
Joan Ganz Cooney followed her interest in education and her desire to assist preschool-aged disadvantaged children in creating the Children's Television Workshop and its most acclaimed program, Sesame Street.
Ms. Cooney received a B.A. from the University of Phoenix in 1951, and moved into the field of television in 1952. Initially working as a publicist for NBC, she was drawn to public television a few years later with its greater opportunities for analyzing major issues. Read More
David Packard was co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Company. In 1993, he retired as chairman of the board and was named chairman emeritus. He served in that position until his death on March 26, 1996.
Born in 1912, in Pueblo, Colorado, Packard attended Stanford University and received a B.A. in 1934 and a master's degree in electrical engineering in 1939. Read More
Media visionary, philanthropist, and sportsman; rancher, environmentalist, and entrepreneur; and most recently, restauranteur, Robert Edward (Ted) Turner III's energy, dedication, and capacity to think outside of the box have made him a household name. Read More
John Diebel got his start in the world of amateur astronomy in the eighth grade, when he built a telescope for a science project. While he didn't take first prize, the project launched a lifelong interest in astronomy, which, when combined with his entrepreneurial spirit, ultimately lead to his establishing Meade Instruments. Read More
Dr. Rathmann is the recipient of the 1997 Bower Award for Business Leadership for his notable career of entrepreneurial success in pioneering biotechnology as a distinct realm of business enterprise. He conceived, created and directed Amgen, Inc. to become a financially independent and productive leader in the field. Through Amgen and currently through ICOS Corporation, Dr. Rathmann has and continues to make fundamental contributions in shaping the way biotechnology can be pursued. Read More
Vagelos saw a critical human need outside corporate walls and moved decisively and compassionately to meet that need. The former chairman of the board and CEO of Merck & Co., Inc., he serves as a model to other leaders by recognizing humanitarian obligations and using his business position to improve the well being of society at large. The Bower Award in Business Leadership is given to an American executive who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in business or industry.
Information as of 1999
James E. Burke was born in Rutland, Vermont in 1925. He earned an undergraduate degree from Holy Cross College in 1947 and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School in 1949.
Mr. Burke joined Johnson and Johnson as a product director in 1953. He was elected a Director and member of the Executive Committee in 1965, became President of the Corporation in 1973, and was named Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer in 1976. He stepped down as Chairman on April 26, 1989. Read More