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FROM THE PUBLISHER – Remembering Bishop State’s James Lowe Jr.
By Bill Sisson, President & CEO, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
President John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
James Lowe Jr. was that kind of leader, and our community was fortunate to have him serve as president of Bishop State Community College for the past seven years. Although Jim died tragically in February, his memory will live on in all of us who were touched by his character and leadership. He was devoted to Bishop State and was seen as a true leader in higher education throughout the state of Alabama. He will be greatly missed.
I had the great fortune of working directly with Jim on various projects. It was apparent to me from the beginning that he had a vision of growth and opportunity for Bishop State, for its students, the faculty, the staff and the entire Mobile community.
Throughout his tenure, he dedicated himself every day to fulfilling that vision and ensuring the success of students. Jim immediately became involved in the Chamber because he understood that the business community was the ultimate consumer of the “product” of the community college system – the graduates and our future workforce. He intuitively realized that Bishop State played a key role in the region’s economic development process.
He was a key player in the Chamber’s Partners for Growth initiative, and he served on the Chamber’s board of directors and many committees and task forces.
Jim guided Bishop State through numerous capital improvement projects at all of its campuses and set out an ambitious plan to increase enrollment and provide programs designed to provide much-needed training for jobs being created in the community’s fast-growing business sectors.
History will show that Jim’s hard work and determination had a lasting mark on Bishop State, and he left it, and this community, in better places than he found them. Farewell to one of Mobile’s great champions and advocates.
Click here to read The Business View – May 2015