The Bowles Hall Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the history, tradition, fellowship and support of Bowles Hall on the University of California, Berkeley campus. It is responsibility for all efforts that support Bowles Hall, its student residents and all of its alumni.
President: John Baker (’68)
Vice President: Scott Wilson (’85)
Chief Financial Officer: Larry Jones (’68)
Secretary/Counsel: Rick Snow (’67)
John Baker, President
John has been a distinguished practitioner in civil engineering for more than 40 years. After earning his Bachelors and Masters in Civil Engineering from UCB, he started his career as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineers Corps. He then held positions with PG&E, at the State of California Department of General Services, at several private-sector engineering and construction management organizations, and then many years as a Vice President with the Anderson Consulting Group. He concluded his professional career as SVP at Kleinfelder, where he was instrumental in establishing the James H. Kleinfelder Fellowship in Geotechnical Engineering for UCB’s geotechnical engineering graduates. Throughout his career, John has been an ardent supporter of the UCB’s Campus and the College of Engineering, serving as a past president.
Scott Wilson (’85), Vice President
Scott 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).
Larry Jones (’68), Vice President
Holding a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Corporate Finance UCB and a master’s degree in corporate finance from UCLA, Larry worked at PwC for more than 35 years, including an 18-month stint in Venezuela and leading the firm’s real estate investment trust (REIT) industry practice. During this time, Larry also served as an accounting fellow with the Office of the Chief Accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Formal retirement in 2007 didn’t slow him down. He serves as a board member and audit committee chair for Cole Credit Property Trust IV and several other not-for-profit entities, the City of Dallas Park & Recreation Board. He is also a long-standing member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and a former program director of NAREIT’s Law and Accounting Conference. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a licensed CPA in California.
With a BS in Business Administration from UCB and a Juris Doctorate from UCSD, Rick is a highly experienced corporate attorney. He spent 34 years in various corporate legal positions in the high-tech industry, and for more than 14 years served as VP-General Counsel and Secretary of J.D. Edwards. 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. 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, acting as legal director. He also serves on the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program.