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 J.C. Bowman



Executive Director

 (615) 778-0803 ext. 101

John C. "JC” 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.

This management experience has allowed Dr. Bowman to gain valuable hands-on insight into large and small organization governance and to 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. A  popular speaker, Dr. Bowman has appeared on radio and television shows, and  been  featured at events on the local, state and national level. He has authored numerous academic studies and articles for various organizations and publications.

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 SpecialEducation 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.


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