R. Edward Bowling, M.A., is the Executive Director for Completion by Design in North Carolina at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) in Jamestown. Mr. Bowling held a senior management position at a large bank before joining GTCC in 2005. He was an adjunct and instructor at GTCC, where he co-developed two developmental education learning communities and piloted web-enhanced developmental reading courses. He received the Claire Hunter Award for Excellence in Developmental Education in 2007.
In 2010, he became the Developmental Education Initiative Grant coordinator, overseeing the scaling of three core programs and two smaller projects under that grant. Mr. Bowling assumed his current role in 2011. He promotes the work of Completion by Design at many state and national conferences, including the American Association of Community Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Jobs for the Future, and Achieving the Dream. He was awarded the Staff of the Year Award for the North Carolina Community College System in 2014.