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Bowles Hall Alumni Association Leadership

The Bowles Hall Alumni Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the history, tradition, fellowship and support of Bowles Hall on the University of California, Berkeley campus.  It shares its officers and directors with the charitable organization Bowles Hall Foundation that operates Bowles Hall.

Executive Committee:

President:                     Robert A. Sayles (’52)
Vice President:           John A. Baker, PE (’68)
Secretary/Counsel:    Richard G. Snow, Esq. (’67)
Treasurer:                    Lawrence Jones, CPA (’66)

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BHF Board Profiles

Bob Sayles (’52), 
BHAA President

Bob SaylesRobert A. Sayles (’52) was part of the Bowles Hall community from September 1948 to June 1952, actively participating in Bowles Hall Association activities: in 1950 he was Big Game Float Chairman (Sweepstakes winner); in 1951, Social Chairman (Spring) and Vice President (Fall); and as President in the Spring of 1952. Bob graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in Business Administration in 1952. He subsequently served in the USMC during the Korean conflict, being discharged as Captain.

Bob served with IBM from 1954 to 1977, primarily in sales, sales management, marketing management and business strategy development and execution roles. From 1977 through 2005, Bob led Robert A. Sayles Associates, Inc. to provide experienced, objective counsel to executive management, directors and investors in the information technology industries (hardware, software, services), primarily on issues of business strategy. He has served as a member of the boards of Technology Partners, Pentamex S.A de C.V. (Mexico City), Brite Voice Systems, Lionhearth Technologies, Trident Systems, Mobex Communications, and SHC Direct LLC. He also served as a partner of the venture capital partnership of Technology Partners from 1987 to 1999.

Bob is a co-founder of the Bowles Hall Alumni Association and currently serves as its president. He also currently serves on the Leadership Council of the University of California Davis Medical Center.


John Baker, Jr., PE, FACEC (’68), BHAA Vice President

john_baker_photoJohn received his MSCE from Berkeley in 1971 and recently retired as Senior Vice President of Kleinfelder, Inc. a $300 million civil engineering, architectural, construction management and environmental consulting business. In preparation for this responsibility, John served as a Lieutenant in the USN Civil Engineering Corps, State of California Office of the Legislative Analyst and Special Assistant to the Director of the State of California Department of General Services. John has served as president of the American Council of Engineering Companies (California), President of the California Geotechnical Engineers Association, and President of the UCB Engineering Alumni Society. John is a Fellow of the American Council of Engineering Companies.


Richard G. Snow, Jr., JD (’67), BHAA Secretary/General Counsel

Richard SnowRick served as president of the Bowles Hall Association in the fall semester of 1966. After graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration from UC Berkeley in 1967, Rick received a Juris Doctorate in 1970. A highly experienced corporate attorney, Rick spent 34 years in various corporate legal positions in the high-tech industry. For more than 14 years, he served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of J.D. Edwards & Co. In 2002, the Colorado Mountain College system awarded its first Colorado Circle of Excellence Award to Rick as Colorado High-Technology Executive of the Year. Rick retired in 2003 after negotiating the acquisition of J.D. Edwards by PeopleSoft and assisting with the subsequent merger of the two companies.

In his retirement, Rick has been associated with the Colorado State University, teaching corporate law and ethics in the University’s MBA program. In 2006 he joined Fort Collins–based Citadel Advisory Group, a boutique investment banking company, as legal director and also serves on the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, a non-profit dedicated to rehabilitation of injured and sick birds of prey and release of recovered birds back into the wild.


Tom Mader (’96), BHAA Board Member

maderTom Mader attended Cal on an ROTC scholarship and was a Bowlesman throughout his undergraduate experience. He served in several leadership capacities at the Hall including President of Bowles Hall Association. Tom received his bachelor’s degree in Physics and was commissioned an Ensign in June 1970. He subsequently completed graduate studies at the Naval Postgraduate School, where he was awarded a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Physics. In preparation for his first shipboard assignment, he received practical training in the Navy’s nuclear propulsion program and submarine operations. During his 30-year Naval career, Tom served more than 19 years at sea aboard nuclear-powered submarines, including assignments as Commanding Officer of the USS Miami (SSN 755) and USS Florida (SSBN 728). All of his shore-duty assignments were associated with engineering and development programs for submarine weapons systems or submarine operations and maintenance. Following his retirement from the Navy in July 2000, Tom became an instructor at the California Maritime Academy, where he taught a wide range of courses in engineering fundamentals and marine engineering technology, attained tenure and was promoted to Professor. He served as Chair of the Engineering Technology Department for more than three years and as Chief Engineer aboard the Academy’s training ship for six summer training cruises. Tom retired from Cal Maritime in May 2011.


Scott Wilson, PhD (’67), BHAA Board Member

scott_wilson_photoScott received B.A. degrees in Political Science and German from Cal in 1985 and a PhD in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara in 1995. Scott’s career has focused on the regulatory requirements of medical device ventures. Most recently he joined Ardian early in its corporate life, managing quality assurance and regulatory affairs (FDA approvals). In 2011, Ardian was acquired by Medtronics. Scott now serves in the same regulatory affairs capacity for the renel denervation operations of Medtronics. Scott is a second-generation Bowlesman; his father—also Scott Wilson—served as the first Head Resident of Bowles Hall, from 1929–1947, when he became the first leader of what is now known as the UCB Housing and Dining function (RSSP).


John A. Woods, PhD (’69), 
BHAA Board Member

john-woodsJohn Woods lived in Bowles Hall from 1964/65 through 66/67. He holds a Ph.D. (Education), an M.B.A. from Stanford University, and a B.A. (Economics) from UC Berkeley. John had a distinguished career in public service, including the roles of consultant to the U.S. Office of Education (Washington, D.C.), program analyst for the Office of the Legislative Analyst (California Legislature), and Director of Analysis at the University of California Systemwide Office of the President. He was the Vice Chancellor for Resource Management and Planning at University of California at San Diego from 1993 until his retirement in 2007. His responsibilities included policy development and management of the campus operating and capital budgets, capital planning, land-use planning, facilities design and construction, technology transfer and intellectual property services, real estate development, audit and management advisory services, contract and grant administration, conflict of interest, and administrative records. In addition to his work with the BHAA, since 1990, John has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Effective Education, a non-profit school serving handicapped children under contract with local public school districts.