Rev. Stephen C. Rowan, Ph.D.
SMU board committees
Academic Affairs Committee
Bachelor of Arts
University of British Columbia
Doctor of Philosophy
A passionate educator and advocate, Fr. Rowan is an accomplished
member of the northwest community. He has served selflessly for more
than forty years in numerous capacities – continually devoting
himself to the Church and to the greater community through
Rowan received his bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University
and his master’s and doctoral degrees from The University of British
Columbia. He also holds a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from
St. Mary’s Seminary and University and was ordained a priest of the
Archdiocese of Seattle in 1968. He has served in various academic
positions, both as professor and dean at Seattle University and
University of Portland as well as president of Carroll College.
Outside the classroom, Rowan is known for his commitment to
Catholic values and work in philanthropy. He is a published author
of books and articles on spirituality and Shakespeare. His
appointment as vicar for education and superintendent of Catholic
schools and later vicar general for the Archdiocese of Seattle
underscores the significance of his life-long contributions. In
2001, while serving as the vicar for education and superintendent of
Catholic schools, Rowan assisted the Archbishop in establishing the
Fulcrum Foundation as a funding source for the K-12 Catholic schools
in the Archdiocese.
Other notable honors include the reward for service from the
College of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University, an honorary
degree in Humane Letters from Saint Martin’s University, the
Burlington Northern Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Leslie
G. Brooks Memorial Prize.
He received an honorary degree from SMU and was chosen as the
Commencement Speaker in 2009.
Fr. Rowan currently serves as the superintendent of schools for
the Seattle Archdiocese.