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Spotlight: Kevin Rowley '05
This article originally appeared in the Bentley Magazine.
For Kevin Rowley ’05, life’s a jam session — on stage and on patrol. Whether adding a new guitar lick at a gig or making a tough call while on duty, he thrives on camaraderie and partnership.
By day, Rowley patrols Roxbury and Jamaica Plain as a Boston police officer. By night and weekend, he’s the bassist for Bearfight, a local cover band popular at weddings, bars and Bentley. The group has rocked several Reunion Weekends, including this year’s, with covers of The Killers and Kings of Leon. He doesn’t need much convincing to return, calling Bentley “the best time in my life.”
Rowley’s first stop after earning his BS in Finance was an office job, whose four walls left him feeling confined. He wanted to help the community in a direct way. In 2012, he followed in his older brother’s footsteps and entered the force. No amount of training, he says, could have prepared him for that first day on the job.
“It was an eye-opener,” he remembers. “You realize, I’m the one who has to make the ultimate decision of how to control this scene so everyone makes it out safe.”
Fortunately, there is special unity among his colleagues. For instance, at the time of the Boston Marathon bombing, Rowley was still in the academy. But he and his classmates were deployed to help maintain safety in the community.
“I remember feeling a deep sense of pride and honor, knowing I’d be part of a family of first responders who had all handled themselves so bravely in the face of terror,” he says. “It was inspiring.”
As a musician, Rowley feels lucky to be ringing in countless Saturday nights with Journey sing-a-longs. “It’s been 10 years and a total blast.”
U.S. News & World Report ranked Bentley No. 2 among regional universities in New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, up from No. 3 last year, highlighting Bentley’s high-quality faculty and academic programs along with the strong value that students receive from a Bentley education.