Dr. William Rowley
Alumni Association Board of Directors
Counseling Psychology, 1973
“I’m grateful for the contribution UNC has made in my life. I have long felt UNC to be a hidden treasure. My graduate degree literally changed my life, giving me experiences I never thought I would have.”
Bill Rowley loves to teach. Although he hasn’t been in the classroom for a few years, having retired in 2008, he still claims teaching as his favorite pastime. He continues to teach in a variety of venues in his community.
His fellow UNC alumni offer an ideal class for Rowley to teach about his belief in the UNC Alumni Association. As an UNCAA board member, Rowley’s knowledge of UNC is nearly as deep as his knowledge of psychology and education.
“As a member of the board, I want to clearly communicate to alums the value of staying connected to UNC following graduation,” Bill said.
After practicing family therapy for many years, Bill transitioned into academia as a counselor educator, eventually landing at Seattle Pacific University. He went on to become Dean of the School of Education and served there for 12 years.
Bill knows the value of a UNC education. “Earning a doctoral degree from UNC catapulted my career path,” he said. “I was prepared academically and professionally by a caring, helpful faculty.”
This is one reason he wants to promote to new graduates, as well as alumni of all ages, the value of staying connected.
“UNC alumni have access to career networking, continuing education opportunities, social gatherings, service opportunities, and more,” Bill said. “The older I get, the more I value staying connected to people with whom I shared the UNC experience.”
Bill and his wife Carol keep in touch with three couples who also were in doctoral education programs at UNC and who were neighbors in the married housing complex.
“UNC made a significant difference in my life, and I’m trying to return the favor.”