Bowling Lecture Series

The James C. Bowling Executive-In-Residence Lecture Series

The James C. Bowling Executive-In-Residence Lecture Series was established through a generous endowment from Joseph M. Cullman 3rd, retired chairman of the board at Philip Morris.   As part of the series, a nationally recognized public relations professional visits the UK campus each year.   The professional's activities on campus with students, faculty and administrators culminate in a reception and lecture on campus.  2009 marked the tenth year of this program, which also includes the Excellence in Public Relations Award, given to an outstanding public relations practitioner with ties to Kentucky, and a scholarship for a public relations student.

Jim Bowling was a true friend of the University of Kentucky.

James C. BowlingThe Paducah native served Philip Morris Companies Inc. as senior vice president of corporate affairs and assistant to the chairman.   He was a member of the company's Board of Directors from 1969 until his retirement in 1986.   Following retirement, Bowling continued to serve the profession as a member of Burson-Marsteller's senior advisory board, working closely with company founder Harold Burson until 1995.

Bowling was a much sought after speaker for public relations groups throughout the country.   He had close ties with the United States Information Agency and key staff members of several U.S. presidents.   He was well known in the halls of Congress, many state capitals and corporate boardrooms throughout the nation, not to mention civic groups.   Bowling was national president of Keep America Beautiful and a board member for the National Tennis Foundation, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Boy Scouts of America.   A member of the Public Relations Society of America, he served as chairman of the Public Affairs Council in Washington, DC.

Bowling also served his home state and its flagship university.   He was a member of the University of Kentucky Development Council, and he worked with UK's College of Agriculture and College of Business.   He also assisted UK as director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.   In addition, Bowling served as a lifetime trustee and two-term president of the Kentuckians of New York, a society founded in 1904.

A man for all seasons, Bowling's legacy remains in the memory of colleagues, friends and the many Kentuckians he touched during his lifetime.