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Erskine Bowles
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Chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform
In office
February 18, 2010 – December 1, 2010
Served with Alan Simpson
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Position abolished
President of the University of North Carolina System
In office
October 3, 2005 – December 31, 2010
Preceded by Molly Broad
Succeeded by Tom Ross
19th White House Chief of Staff
In office
January 20, 1997 – October 20, 1998
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Leon Panetta
Succeeded by John Podesta
White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations
In office
October 3, 1994 – January 11, 1996
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Philip Lader
Succeeded by Evelyn Lieberman
18th Administrator of the Small Business Administration
In office
May 7, 1993 – October 3, 1994
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Pat Saiki
Succeeded by Philip Lader
Personal details
Born August 8, 1945 (1945-08-08) (age 76)
Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (BA)
Columbia University (MBA)

Erskine Boyce Bowles (born August 8, 1945) is an American businessman and politician from North Carolina. He was the president of the University of North Carolina system from 2005 to 2010. He was as White House Chief of Staff from 1997–98. Bowles also ran for the United States Senate from North Carolina in 2002 and 2004 but lost both times.

Bowles was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. His parents are Jessamine Woodward Boyce Bowles and Hargrove "Skipper" Bowles Jr.. Bowles grew up in Greensboro and graduated from Virginia Episcopal School. Then he studied at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity. He graduated with a business degree. He was in the United States Coast Guard for a short time. Next, Bowles studied at Columbia Business School. He earned an MBA. After graduation, Bowles worked for the financial firm Morgan Stanley in New York City.

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