October 17, 2013
Bill McGowan elevated to Vice President of Facilities and Security

Lees-McRae is extremely proud to announce Bill McGowan has been promoted to Vice President of Facilities and Security, effective October 2013.

“Vice President McGowan is an essential part of our senior leadership,” said President Barry M. Buxton. “We thank him for his hard work and devotion to Lees-McRae. He has played a pivotal role in the renovation and revitalization of our campus, while ensuring our students enjoy a safe campus.”

Since joining the college in 2010, McGowan has served as the Director of Security and, most recently, Director of Facilities Management. Prior to joining the Lees-McRae family, he enjoyed a well-decorated 21-year career in the United States Marine Corps. A veteran of the Gulf War, McGowan spent two years in the infantry, one year in military police and eighteen years as a criminal investigator which included hostage negotiation as well as instruction at the US Army Criminal Investigation School. For his dedicated service and heroism, McGowan was honored with the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.

After leaving the USMC, McGowan spent five years in civilian law enforcement in South Carolina working as a forensic investigator, hostage negotiator and arson investigator. Before moving to Banner Elk, he spent three years as a fraud investigator for Wells-Fargo (then known as Wachovia) in Charlotte, N.C.

Media Contact:

Blaine Hansen  |  Vice President of Strategic Planning and Effectiveness
Tel: 828.898.8838  |  Email:
Bill McGowan