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Arkansas State University employee retires after 46 years



Jonesboro, Arkansas – After 46 years of service in the Athletics Department and the Communications Department, Gina Bowman has retired from the university.

She was the first female sports information director for the entire NCAA Division I-A.

According to the Arkansas State alumna and retiree, waking up the next day will not feel the same. “That makes me sad knowing that I won’t get up tomorrow morning and come to work,” Bowman said.

According to Bowman’s longtime friend and colleague Ron Carroll, he could not have been more proud to have her as a friend and coworker. “We’ve been able to talk about the good things and all of the bad things and the memories we both have together,” Carroll said.

Bowman was surprised with a farewell message from former Arkansas Governor and A-State alumnus Mike Beebe at the retirement reception at A-State.

“You’ve been the eyes and the ears in many instances and certainly the voice,” Beebe said in the video message.

She plans to find something to do during her retirement, adding she won’t stay away from campus for too long, Bowman said.