William Rowe, EMBA, '72

Executive MBA professorship honours alumnus

November 18, 2010

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SFU Business has established a new executive MBA (EMBA) alumni professorship in honour of the late William Rowe (above).

Rowe, who worked for nearly 40 years at Air Canada, including on its senior leadership team, died earlier this year. He earned an EMBA from SFU in 1972 and established a long-lasting relationship with both the university and SFU Business.

Rowe’s is the second EMBA alumni professorship created at SFU Business. The other is named after the late Dennis Culver, who was also an SFU EMBA alumnus.
“In the spirit of the individuals for whom they are named, the EMBA professorships recognize professional excellence,” says SFU Business dean Daniel Shapiro. “The faculty members chosen for this honour are accomplished scholars and teachers.”

A longtime advocate of business education, Rowe received a 1995 Chancellor’s Distinguished Service award, a 1996 Outstanding Alumni award and a 1996 EMBA Distinguished Service award for his enormous contributions and service to the university.

He held an alumni order-in-council position on the university’s board of governors from 1999-2005. He served for two years as the deputy board chair and seven years as chair of the 26-member external advisory board for the Faculty of Business Administration.

He also chaired SFU’s finance and administration committee, and sat on the audit, nominating and governance committees.

In 2000, Rowe chaired the search committee for a new university president. He also played a valuable leadership role in Bridge to the Future, the university’s first major fundraising campaign.


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