Bowen to start job as new education commissioner

Posted March 04, 2011, at 10:01 a.m.
Last modified March 04, 2011, at 5:51 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A former teacher and analyst for a conservative think tank is assuming the top job at the second-largest department in Maine state government.

Stephen Bowen was sworn in as Maine’s education commissioner Friday by Gov. Paul LePage. He was confirmed by the state Senate on Thursday by a vote of 25-10.

Bowen has a Master’s degree in education and taught for five years in Virginia schools.

Returning to Maine, he taught five years in the Camden-Rockport district before joining the Maine Heritage Policy Center. After November’s election, he went to work for the LePage transition team.

Bowen has said the department needs a long-term comprehensive plan.