Tom Bowen was the Executive Director of the 49ers Foundation and oversaw the 49ers Community Relations efforts.
Tom Bowen, who has served as the 49ers Director of Community Affairs and Executive Director of the 49ers Foundation for the last two years, has been named Director of Athletics for San Jose State University, it was announced today.
Bowen, 43, replaces recently retired Chuck Bell, who served in the same capacity for just over six years.
During his tenure with the 49ers, Bowen helped increase the awareness and visibility of the 49ers Foundation and increased its fundraising to record levels. In the last two years alone, the 49ers Foundation distributed more than $3 million to charitable and community organizations throughout the Bay Area.
"Being active in the community is one of the most important aspects of our organization and Tom did a wonderful job increasing the impact of our Foundation and community outreach programs," 49ers owner John York said.
"Tom has always wanted to be an Athletic Director for a Division I program and San Jose State presented an opportunity he could not pass up. We are proud of the work he has done and the direction he has provided for us. Our programs are strong and will continue to be impactful. We wish him well."
Bowen is a 1983 graduate of the University of Notre Dame who also served in athletic administration at the University of California, Berkeley and St. Mary's College.
As an assistant and associate director of athletics at the University of California from July 2000 through September 2002, he was responsible for all athletic fundraising. Credited with developing the first comprehensive planned giving program for the Golden Bears, the Athletic Annual Fund realized a $2.7-million increase in donations and contributions during his two years at the Pacific-10 Conference school.
At Saint Mary's College, he was the director of foundations and corporate relations for the Christian brothers institution from May 1995 to January 1997 before accepting an associate director of athletics position at the college. From January 1997 through April 2000, he managed the department's $5.5-million budget, directed a corporate sponsorship program and interacted with the academic senate, faculty and university personnel on student-athlete issues.