Erskine Bowles

American politician and businessman

Erskine Boyce Bowles (born August 8, 1945) is an American businessman and politician from North Carolina. He was the president of the University of North Carolina system from 2005 to 2010.[1] He was as White House Chief of Staff from 1997–98. Bowles also ran for the United States Senate from North Carolina in 2002 and 2004 but lost both times.

Erskine Bowles
Chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform
In office
February 18, 2010 – December 1, 2010
Served with Alan Simpson
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
President of the University of North Carolina System
In office
October 3, 2005 – December 31, 2010
Preceded byMolly Broad
Succeeded byTom Ross
19th White House Chief of Staff
In office
January 20, 1997 – October 20, 1998
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byLeon Panetta
Succeeded byJohn Podesta
White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations
In office
October 3, 1994 – January 11, 1996
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byPhilip Lader
Succeeded byEvelyn Lieberman
18th Administrator of the Small Business Administration
In office
May 7, 1993 – October 3, 1994
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byPat Saiki
Succeeded byPhilip Lader
Personal details
Born (1945-08-08) August 8, 1945 (age 78)
Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (BA)
Columbia University (MBA)

Bowles was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. His parents are Jessamine Woodward Boyce Bowles and Hargrove "Skipper" Bowles Jr.. Bowles grew up in Greensboro and graduated from Virginia Episcopal School. Then he studied at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity. He graduated with a business degree. He was in the United States Coast Guard for a short time. Next, Bowles studied at Columbia Business School. He earned an MBA. After graduation, Bowles worked for the financial firm Morgan Stanley in New York City.


  1. Kelderman, Eric (February 12, 2010). "U. of North Carolina's President, Erskine Bowles, Says He Will Step Down - Government - The Chronicle of Higher Education". Retrieved August 24, 2014.