Proud Gator Alumnus Marcus Bowers: "Don't Wait To Be Great!"
By Sheryl E. Taylor
Proud Gator Alumni Marcus Bowers (’11) encourages UHD students and new graduates in a video produced specifically for UHD News.
“There weren’t a lot of success stories around me. It’s up to you to get out and find success when it’s not around you. You don’t realize anything different until you get out. When you do get out, you look back and realize there was something better,” he said. For Bowers, there was something better—military and college.
After high school, he served four years with the Navy’s SWCC (Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen). Bowers considered his military service an influential chapter in his life. After the military, he earned an associate degree from Houston Community College. In 2011, he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Marilyn Davies College of Business.
“UHD gave me the opportunity to work full-time. I didn’t have to change my lifestyle,” he said. “One of the great things about UHD is that you can maintain your life while advancing your future.”
In the summer of 2012, he decided to start a business with fellow veteran, Warren Broadnax. With $800, Bowers sold bundles of hair extensions from the trunk of his car and he never looked back.
Today, Bowers is an industry trailblazer as co-founder and CEO of She’s Happy Hair—one of the largest suppliers of virgin hair in the United States. With seven stores across the country, including an online e-commerce site, the company has garnered $80 million in sales since 2012. Recently, the company signed a multi-million-dollar partnership with Walmart to become the first-ever brand to sell hair extensions with the multinational retail corporation.
“A college degree is a license to learn,” said Bowers. “Don’t wait to be great. Do what you need to do. Only you control your future to pursue your dreams.”
Look for more Gator Alumni offering words of encouragement and inspiration in future editions of UHD News.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.
U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.