Jewell is retiring, but will continue working with the organization.
Bowman joins PET after serving as executive director of EPPC Global Management, an internationally focused think tank that works with faith and community groups.
He is a former public schoolteacher and served as director of the Center for Education Innovation at Florida State University. Prior to that, Bowman was director of the Florida Department of Education Choice Office and chief policy analyst of the Education Policy Unit for Gov. Jeb Bush. During his tenure in the Bush administration, the state completed an ambitious school code rewrite.
Bowman is a Marine Corps veteran who was meritoriously promoted twice in the line of duty. He also served in the Tennessee National Guard and the Army Reserve.
He earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Lee University, master of education in administration and supervision from Trevecca Nazarene University and completed further coursework in special education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University of Tennessee at Martin. He earned a doctoral degree from Emanuel Baptist University.
He and his wife, Bethany, have two grown daughters, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren.
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