Shirley Dunlap Bowser

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A seventh-generation farmer, Shirley Dunlap Bowser has spent her entire life advocating for and promoting the advancement of Ohio food and agriculture at the community, state, and national levels. Bowser served nine years on the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University, including a term as chairperson and has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the University.

On a national and international level, from 1986-2007, Bowser served on the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Board of Trustees, one of the world's largest private philanthropic organizations dedicated to improving health, agriculture and education.  She also was appointed to two terms on the non-partisan National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board by the Secretary of Agriculture.

Mrs. Bowser's community and state involvement includes past service on the board of the Ohio 4-H Foundation. Her past civic activities and memberships also include the Recreation and Resources Commission of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Pickaway County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Pickaway County Planning Commission and the Central Ohio Water Council.

Bowser's leadership experiences and passion for philanthropy were a driving force in the creation of the Pickaway County Community Foundation, which currently holds assets near $5 million dollars, holds over 60 endowed funds, of which three have a specific agricultural focus.

She and her husband, Cliff, live in Williamsport and have two grown children.