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Government official , Financial executive

Charles Arthur Bowsher was American government official, financial executive. Certified Public Accountants, Illinois. Recipient Enduring Lifetime Achievement award American Accounting Association, 1996, Integrity award Office of Inspector General, 1996; named to Accounting Hall of Fame, 1996.


Bowsher, Charles Arthur was born on May 30, 1931 in Elkhart, Indiana, United States. Son of Matthew A. and Ella M. (West) Bowsher.


Bachelor of Science, University Illinois, 1953. Master of Business Administration, University Chicago, 1956. Doctor of Science in Business Administration (honorary), Bryant College, 1984.

Doctor Public Service (honorary), George Washington University, 1993. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Illinois-Chicago, 1994. Doctor Public Service (honorary), St. Joseph's University, 1994.

Doctor of Science in Public Service (honorary), American University, 1996.


Partner, Arthur Andersen & Company, Chicago, 1956-1967;partner, Washington, 1971-1981;assistant secretary of Navy for finance management, Department Defense, Washington, 1967-1971;comptroller general, United States, 1981-1996. Member of advisory county Finance Accounting Standards Board. Member of advisory county Government Accounting Standards Board, 1981.

Member of advisory committee Gruss Program for Public Sector Mgrs., Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Board directors American Express Bank, National Steel Corporation, DeVry Inc. Trustee Center Naval Analysis, Logistics Management Institute, United States Navy Memorial Foundation, Hitachi Foundation, Concord Coalition, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Vice president board of trustees United Nations Foundation.


  • Certified Public Accountants, Illinois.


Member advisory county department sociology Princeton University. Honorary board center Excellence Government. Advising committee office for governmental accounting research and education University of Illinois College Business Administration.

Member business advisory county University of Illinois. Public sector committee International Federation of Accts. Board of overseers Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Policy Studies University of Chicago.

Member visiting committee School Business, selection committee Roger W. Jones award for Executive Leadership. Trustee Center for Naval Analysis, Logistics Management Institute, United States Navy Memorial Foundation. National advisory board Private Sector Council.

Active Business Executives for National Security Commission With United States Army, 1953-1955. Member AICPA, National Academy Public Administration, National Association Government Accts., Burning Tree Club (Washington), Metropolitan Club (Washington), Beta Alpha Psi.


Married Mary C. Mahoney, December 14, 1963. Children: Kathryn M., Stephen C.

Matthew A. Bowsher

Ella M. (West) Bowsher

Mary C. Mahoney

Kathryn M. Bowsher

Stephen C. Bowsher