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 J.C. Bowman

 

 

Executive Director

 (615) 778-0803 ext. 101
 jc.bowman@proedtn.org

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John C. "J. C.” Bowman is the Executive Director & CEO of Professional Educators of Tennessee.  Dr. Bowman began his career in education in Tennessee public schools, where he taught high school social sciences and special education for thirteen years. He
 was elected to three terms as vice-president of the National Association of Professional Educators. He has an extensive background developing legislative priorities, evaluating existing education policies, and coordinating political activities with policymakers and lawmakers. Prior to this position, Dr. Bowman served as the Chief Policy Analyst of the Education Policy Unit for Florida Governor Jeb Bush. During his tenure in the Bush administration the state completed an ambitious school code rewrite. In 2003, Dr. Bowman received the SMART Award from the National Institute for Educational Options, Fischler Graduate School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University for his educational efforts in Florida.

Dr. Bowman is the former Director of the Center for Education Innovation at Florida State University and in addition he previously served as Director of the Florida Department of Education Choice Office. 
He has also previously served as Director of Education Policy for the Tennessee Institute for Public Policy, President of Children First Tennessee, and Director of Research for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a free-market think tank. In 1999, he was designated a Distinguished Fellow of the Texas Justice Foundation.

 

A popular speaker, Dr. Bowman has appeared on radio and television shows, and been featured at events on the local, state and national level. In addition to authoring numerous academic studies and articles for various organizations and publications, he serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of School Choice, published by Haworth Press. He continues his work in faith and community initiatives through EPPC Global Management, working with non-profit organizations across the globe including an AIDS organizations in Botswana and character education programs in Rwanda and the Congo.

 

This management experience has allowed Dr. Bowman to gain valuable hands-on insight into large and small organization governance and be a tremendous asset working with non-governmental organizations committed to improving their communities. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Polk Foundation, which provides legal assistance to non-union teachers.    

 

J. C. Bowman is a Marine Corps veteran, meritoriously promoted twice in the line of duty. He served in the Tennessee National Guard and the Army Reserve. His academic background includes attending Lee University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Education (Social Sciences, emphasis in History) and Trevecca Nazarene University where he attained his Master of Education (Administration and Supervision). He has also completed further coursework in Special Education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University of Tennessee at Martin. His doctoral degree is from Emmanuel Baptist University.

 

His political honors included being named an Honorary Member 100th Tennessee General Assembly (House of Representatives) in 1997 and the National Performance Review by then Vice-President Al Gore for his contribution to building a government that works better and costs less in October 1995. Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist appointed him to the Board of Trustees at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute in April 1997. From 1999 to 2001, he chaired the Union Affairs Sub-committee of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Education Task Force.  

 

J. C. and his wife are the proud parents of two grown daughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren. They have been married for 29 years and reside in Franklin, Tennessee. 

  

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