One of eight children, Gregory Fowler grew up in Albany, Georgia, the son of a secondary school teacher. So it is perhaps not surprising that he has pursued a career in education. A graduate of Morehouse College, in Atlanta, who earned his doctorate in English and American studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Fowler has spent a quarter century in higher education.
Before taking over as president of the University of Maryland Global Campus in January 2021, Fowler spent nine years at Southern New Hampshire University as chief academic officer, vice president for academic affairs and then president of the school’s Global Campus.
What is the most important thing you do in your job?
Create an environment where our team members can remove barriers and create pathways for students to succeed who have not always had access to opportunity —which in turn can transform lives, communities, and our world.
Who was your most significant mentor and what did you learn from that person?
I wouldn’t say a single person. My family as a whole has taught me to endure, accepting success and failure with grace and humility.
If you weren’t in this industry, what would you be doing?
I am motivated by education’s power to transform lives, so I probably would have tended toward a field with similar potential–perhaps counseling or diplomatic work.