Erskine Bowles

Erskine Boyce Bowles ( born August 8, 1945 in Greensboro, North Carolina ) is an American businessman and politician from North Carolina. At the moment, he has served as Rector of the University of North Carolina. From 1997 to 1998 he was chief of staff of the White House.


The son of the democratic politician Skipper Bowles spent his childhood in Greensboro. His school, he was at the Episcopal School of Virginia, after which he attended college. He received his degree in economics, he graduated from the University of North Carolina. He was also a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity. After his military service with the Coast Guard, he enrolled at Columbia Business School, where he passed his MBA and the student was elected speaker.

He then worked at the financial consultancy Morgan Stanley in New York. Here he also met his future wife, Crandall Close, whom he married in 1972. Together they have three children. In 1972, she moved back to North Carolina; Bowles helped his father, who had applied for the gubernatorial elections. 1975 Erskine Bowles was a founder of the investment firm Bowles Hollowell Conner. Until the 1990s, he worked with large companies.

Employees in Bill Clinton

As a fund raiser for the election of Bill Clinton in 1992 he became increasingly politically significant. After the election he was appointed by Clinton to head the counseling center for medium-sized companies. From October 1994 to December 1995 he worked as deputy chief of staff in the White House.

After a brief return to North Carolina, where he co-founded the Commercial Bank Carousel Capital, Bowles was appointed Chief of Staff by Clinton in December 1996. One of its main activities was the negotiation of the federal budget between the government and the Congress. In October 1998, he returned to North Carolina. From the governor of the state, Jim Hunt, he was asked here is whether he wants to preside over a commission to promote rural economic development.

Application for the Senate

Although he had previously always refused political office, Bowles was considering a bid for the Senate after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In October 2001, he gave the candidacy as a Democratic candidate. In trying to get the vacated seat of Jesse Helms, but he, however, was able to win the nomination by his party, not prevail against the counterparty to Republican Elizabeth Dole.

In 2004, he made ​​another attempt to get the left by John Edwards seat. In a sharply -fought race, he was the Republican Richard Burr and the candidate of the Libertarian Party, Tom Bailey, opposite. Last month, the poll numbers of Bowles and Burr broke. Burr's campaign had focused on ' attack connections to the Clinton administration, while Bowles Bowles campaign on Burr's support for commercial law reform and on the campaign contributions that had received one, took aim. Both camps used a high sums, so that these campaigns were the most expensive in the history of the state.

Despite an early lead in the polls after the primaries and the nomination of Democrat Mike Easley for a second term as Governor Bowles was also beaten on the second attempt. President Bush's easier election victory in North Carolina helped the party colleagues Burr probably very. In his speech in Raleigh, the Democratic headquarters, Bowles thanked his supporters after the election, but hinted that he would now no longer compete. He quoted his father when he said: "There are many ways to help society ," and that a political office would only be one of them. Consequently took Bowles 2005 appointment of the United Nations a vice officer for countries affected by the tsunami, at. Again, he again worked for Bill Clinton, who served as UN Special Envoy.

Since 2005

On 3 October 2005 Bowles was elected to the Board of the University of North Carolina as rector, he was following Molly Corbett Broad. Some argue, however, that the Board had with his election broke the law, because there were no public hearings in the selection process.

Election results

  • 2002 candidacy for the Senate of the United States Elizabeth Dole ( R), 54 %
  • Erskine Bowles (D ), 45 %
  • Richard Burr (R), 52 %
  • Erskine Bowles (D), 47 %
  • Tom Bailey (Lib. ), 1%