Ritche Manley Bowden Receives BAS Citation of Distinguished Alumni Award


ritchie bowdenRitche Manley Bowden is a retired administrator for the Mid-South Gastroenterology Clinic and Outpatient Ambulatory Surgery Center. She is happily married to Dr. Phillip R. Bowden. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1986. Continuing her thirst for knowledge, she then received her Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in health care economics from the University of Memphis.

Bowden has used her education and wisdom to make a strong impact in the local and professional community. She has faithfully served in several different expert leadership capacities including chief operating officer of Colonies of Memphis and the Bowden Point Group. Additionally, Bowden shows her love for the University of Arkansas campus through her work with the Arkansas Alumni Association National Board of Directors and the Black Alumni Society, as a strong supporter of BAS initiatives and fundraising goals. She is an alumna of the Kappa Iota Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and an active member of the Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Memphis. She also volunteers and works with youth in Memphis and its surrounding metro area. Ritche is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America and has served as a former troop leader.

What sets Bowden apart from the rest is that she excels in every endeavor she encounters. She has been actively involved in a number of prestigious organizations, projects and initiatives including the Tennessee Medical Association Auxiliary, Bluff City Medical Auxiliary, Tennessee Democratic Party, American Heart Association, Memphis City Schools/ Memphis Academy of Health Sciences, Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts and the National Brotherhood of Skiers.

She also provides her time and support to the following community organizations: Memphis Symphony Orchestra – Board of Directors, Dress for Success, Memphis – Board Member, Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office Mentoring Program, Lausanne Collegiate School – Board of Trustees, Tennessee Medical Association Auxiliary, Bluff City Medical Auxiliary, Jack & Jill of America, Inc. Memphis Chapter– Vice President and the Links, Inc; Shelby County Chapter.

The Bowdens also support the following philanthropy initiatives: Joseph Norman Manley Scholarship – University of Central Arkansas, Arletha McAllister Manley Scholarship – University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, National Civil Rights Museum Keepers of the Dream Project Memphis, TN, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Stax Academy, Dress for Success Memphis, American Heart Association, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Memphis City Schools/ Memphis Academy of Health Sciences, Lemoyne Owen College, Lemoyne Owen College Women’s Tennis Team, and BRIDGES USA.

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