White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles will speak at Wake Forest University’s 1998 commencement ceremony on May 18.
Bowles was named President Clinton’s chief of staff in November 1996 and assumed his post the following January. He had previously served as the assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff from October 1994 through December 1995.
In addition, Bowles is the former head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, where he directed programs and services to promote and expand small businesses in the United States.
Prior to governmental service, Bowles worked in corporate finance and investment banking. In 1975, he founded the Charlotte-based investment firm Bowles Hollowell Conner & Co. and served as chairman and chief executive officer. He has also been the vice president of corporate finance for Interstate Securities in Charlotte and was associated with a New York corporate finance group.
Bowles, who serves on the board of numerous companies, is the former president of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
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