AU - John Bowker
John Bowker holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Detroit, Mercy in economics and business administration. He went on to receive his master’s degree and LPC from Michigan State, with a major in guidance and counseling. His ABD and Ph.D. programs were temporarily interrupted when accepted a position at Wayne County Community College in 1969 as director of student financial aid, director of placement and veterans affairs.
Mr. Bowker continued working in administration as the assistant dean of student services and college ombudsman. After working for 30 years in educational administration, he began a private counseling practice, which he continued for 18 years.
Mr. Bowker’s application to become a board member arose from his awareness of the great need for wider access to services for students with undiagnosed mental illness, substance abuse and other special needs. He wanted to assist those who wanted an education, but had difficulty overcoming the bureaucratic barriers which made it difficult for them to achieve their goals and dreams.
For the last 10 years, Mr. Bowker has been working tirelessly at the state and local level to improve services, especially for neglected children. First on his wish list for the future is to see giant billboards on every major freeway in Oakland County saying: “Are you challenged by mental illness, substance use problems or physical disability? If yes, call 1-800-HELP ME!” And second, that one phone call would lead to an immediate screening and treatment team.