As many of you by now know, Bill Bowen, founding Chair of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools Steering Committee, passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2016. Bill is best known for his transformative leadership as Provost and President of Princeton University throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and as President of the Mellon Foundation in the 1990s. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential thought leaders in American higher education. His obituaries in the New York Times and Inside Higher Ed only begin to describe his contributions to higher education.

More personally, Bill was instrumental in establishing the Research Alliance for New York City Schools in 2008 and guiding us thorough our first three years of growth and development. I do not think it is a stretch to say that the Research Alliance would not exist without Bill’s unique capacity to coalesce the many demands and expectations that were represented by the original group of Steering Committee members, funders, and other stakeholders. New York City and New York University owe Bill a great debt for his foresight and statecraft. His guidance and friendship were especially helpful to me as I took on the role of Executive Director.

With fond remembrances of Bill Bowen and sincerely,
Jim Kemple