Current and former board members created the John McGowan Fellowship as a lasting tribute and reminder of McGowan’s mentoring spirit and thoughtful, skilled leadership.
“John has guided the IAH through a period of tremendous growth,” said IAH Advisory Board Chairman Julia Sprunt Grumbles. “By defining the IAH as a full-service faculty center, he has worked tirelessly to support the Institute’s mission to recruit, retain and refresh a world-class faculty of teachers and scholars at UNC.”
During McGowan’s tenure, the IAH has raised more than $12 million to support programs that support UNC faculty. The Faculty Fellows program expanded to add a Chairs Leadership Program and Faculty Learning Community. McGowan created the Innovation Fund to provide faculty with project funding for entrepreneurial, publicly engaged and cutting-edge projects in the arts and humanities.
He was instrumental in securing a $1.4 million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to create a Digital Humanities Initiative and another $115,000 grant from Mellon for a new Medical Humanities initiative.
McGowan has also seeded university-wide, interdisciplinary collaborations in pedagogy, the curriculum and the performing arts through his support of the campus-wide Rite of Spring at 100 initiative during the 2012-2013 academic year and the World War I Centenary Project planned for 2014-2015.
An award-winning teacher, McGowan will resume his full-time teaching position in the department of English and comparative literature. Music department chair and professor Mark Katz will become IAH director July 1.