Distinguished Alumni 2011: Michael Bowman

Bowman’s success in manufacturing
now builds up student-athletes

A photo of Michael Bowman.

Michael Bowman

Michael Bowman planned to pursue a career in the mental health field, but a job with a steel fabricator convinced him that his passion lay in manufacturing. Thirty years later, he is president of Houston-based Hunt and Hunt Ltd., a leading manufacturer of tools for the oil and gas industry. In that capacity, he works with oil service companies throughout the world. Hunt and Hunt is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of perforating guns, special tools that prepare wells for production.

Bowman received a bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree at Texas State in 1978. While on campus as a student, he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and paid his tuition by working at the San Marcos Treatment Center, provider of mental health evaluation and treatment for adolescents.

An avid sports fan, Bowman has been actively involved with Texas State athletics for the last several years. He is a director of the Texas State Development Foundation, a member of the Athletics Pillar of the Pride in Action campaign, and helps student athletes with the Bowman Family Endowment. He and his wife Dianne, ’78, are Strutter Gallery Stakeholders and lifetime members of the Texas State Alumni Association.

The university will recognize five new Distinguished Alumni at Homecoming this week. With the newest honorees, Texas State has now presented its most prestigious award to 169 graduates since the first was given to Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson in 1959.

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