Bowles is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Greensboro native.
Bowles is known for his work with former President Bill Clinton. Clinton appointed Bowles to serve as director of the Small Business Administration, and later was appointed to serve as deputy White House chief of staff (1994-95) and White House chief of staff (1996-98).
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Following Bowles retirement announcement, Governor Bev Perdue released a statement.
"Erskine Bowles' service to North Carolina and to our university system is a tremendous gift to our citizens as well as to our campuses," she said. "His talents, boldness, skill set, and determination have helped redefine how higher education works in this state. His capacity to collaborate has strengthened all levels of education, Pre-K through 20, so that we truly have a seamless system that will help our students compete in this global economy. Although Erskine is retiring from the university later this year, he will remain actively involved in public service in North Carolina and America."