header image
June 27, 2013

SUNY Optometry VP Named Business Officer of the Year

The State University of New York Business Officers Association (SUBOA) bestowed Mr. David A. Bowers, the SUNY College of Optometry’s vice president for administration and finance, with the prestigious 2013 Robert J. Wagner Business Officer of the Year Award at the association’s annual conference in Rye Brook, NY last May. The award, which has been conferred by SUBOA since 2006, is the association’s highest honor and is given, according to its citation, "in recognition of outstanding performance, high professional standards and significant contribution to SUNY and SUBOA.” 

Mr. Bowers joined the College more than 25 years ago, in 1988, and has served on the SUBOA executive board since 1998. He served as SUBOA president from 2002-2004. In addition to his role as vice president for administration and finance, Mr. Bowers serves as the College’s internal control officer and as the campus operations manager for The Research Foundation for The State University of New York. He served as officer-in-charge of the College from July 2006 to June 2007 while a presidential search was being conducted. 

Mr. Bowers holds master’s degrees in business administration and urban planning. Prior to joining SUNY Optometry, he held positions as the associate dean for administration and finance in the School of Medicine at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York, the assistant dean for administration and finance in the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and as a research associate in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. 

The award is named in honor of Robert J. Wagner, a former business officer from SUNY's University at Buffalo.  He is a past-president of SUBOA and currently serves as senior advisor to the president of the University at Buffalo Foundation.