Bob Lowen, former director of the Office of University Relations of Fort Hays State University and former director of the Hays Medical Center Foundation, has accepted a position with the FHSU Foundation as assistant development director for athletics.
In this part-time position, Lowen will work closely with the Foundation and Athletic Director Curtis Hammeke to define and establish fundraising priorities and seek gifts for the Athletic Department. Lowen will begin his position Sept. 1.
Lowen was employed by the university for 33 years, beginning as director of sports information and instructor of journalism in 1965. In 1969 he became news director for University Relations, and in 1971 he assumed the role of director of public relations. Lowen retired as director of University Relations in 1998. He was also the "voice" of Tiger basketball for 25 years and coached golf from 1972-87.
For the past seven-and-a-half years, he served as director of the Hays Medical Center Foundation and was instrumental in its fundraising success.
"I can't think of a better person than Bob Lowen to help us create avenues of support for athletics," said Tim Chapman, president and CEO of the FHSU Foundation. "His history with Tiger programs and his connections with university friends and alumni will allow us to engage those interested in investing in the success of all our men's and women's athletic programs."
Lowen said he is looking forward to helping find new resources for FHSU athletic programs. "Fundraising is easier if you are doing it for a good cause, and I think we definitely have a good cause in athletics at FHSU," he said. "It is imperative that we strengthen our programs, especially with the highly competitive nature of the MIAA Conference, of which Fort Hays State is now a member."
Lowen and his wife, Beverly, have six children, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, many of whom have played high school or collegiate level sports, some at FHSU. "Athletics have been part of the Lowen family forever, so this job is a natural fit for me," he said.