Faculty Spotlight: Entrepreneurial Spirit Inspires COB Professor Shane Bowyer


by BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Assistant

Shane Bowyer, MSU Management professor, feeds off of his entrepreneurial spirit and his passion for teaching.

Bowyer is a favorite professor of many students who’ve had him, but what does his life look like outside the craziness of the classroom? The inSIDER’s February Faculty Spotlight sheds more light on life outside the classroom.

Bowyer’s roots at MSU began in 1976 when both of his parents started working at the university. His dad was the baseball coach at MSU, a role he occupied for the next 34 years, helping the team to several milestones during his tenure. His mother worked in the Student Senate office.

He got his Bachelor’s Degree as a Maverick in 1991, then stayed another three years before earning his master’s in 1994. Bowyer wasn’t done there as he continued on to do more graduate work at Indiana State and then went on to receive his doctorate from Saint Mary’s.

Bowyer left MSU a few times after graduating with his master’s: first to coach baseball at two other universities, then, after returning to campus to teach for 12 years, he went to Bethany for five years. He has since returned and has remained anchored as a Maverick for the last four years.

Bowyer teaches several classes at MSU, but his favorite is classes are those involved with the Integrated Business Experience (IBE) program. In addition to teaching classes within the IBE program, Bowyer says one of his favorite parts of being a professor is seeing his students succeed.

“I love being around the students and seeing them get jobs.”

Shane Bowyer, Ed.D, Associate Professor of Management at Minnesota State

Bowyer does a lot more than just teach, too. He is involved with the Ag Today Club; a learning community; and Delta Sigma Pi, a business-based academic fraternity.

Outside of MSU, Bowyer enjoys running, boating, hunting and traveling with his family, which consists of his wife and two children. His wife, Laura, who is also an MSU graduate, teaches accounting at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. The Bowyer’s son, Austin, is a junior at Baylor University studying accounting. Their daughter, Gabrielle, is a freshman at Augustana University in St. Paul. She is also an accounting major, which Bowyer notes chuckling is, “Laura’s influence. Not mine!”

In addition to being a professor, mentor, father, husband and coach, Bowyer is also a successful businessman. He has started three accomplished business in his lifetime and attributes that success to his “entrepreneurial spirit.”

7 Questions with Shane Bowyer

  1. If you could only describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
    • Coach
  2. What’s your favorite band and/or type of music?
    • Bruce Springsteen and anything on KTIS
  3. What’s your favorite holiday?
    • Christmas
  4. What would you do if you won the lottery?
    • I would create a foundation to help others — but of course after I buy a few things!
  5. If you could make one rule for everyone to follow, what would it be?
    • The Golden Rule – everyone has to treat others as they wish to be treated
  6. Who inspires you to be better?
    • My parents and all of the students
  7. What message of advice would you give to your students?
    • Get involved, explore, work hard and focus on learning, not the grade.


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