Kenneth Bowen named new principal of A.L. Brown High School

Kenneth Bowen named new principal of A.L. Brown High School
Posted on 07/21/2014
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The Kannapolis City Board of Education has unanimously selected Kenneth Bowen to become the next principal of A.L. Brown High School. Bowen is currently the Executive Director of the South Carolina Science Academy in Columbia. He has extensive educational experience, including service as a high school principal, assistant principal, social studies teacher, counselor, assistant superintendent, and Chief Officer for Student Learning and Accountability. He has worked in both North Carolina and South Carolina.  

 

Kenneth Bowen is currently completing his Doctorate of Educational Leadership degree from East Carolina University, and he has an excellent record of increasing student achievement, promoting STEM education, and using technology to improve learning and teaching. He also has a strong background involving all stakeholders in the success of students. As principal of Eugene Ashley High School in New Hanover County (North Carolina), Bowen led the development of a Marine Science Academy and earned a STEM grant from the NC Department of Public Instruction. He also increased the use of technology and helped raise test scores and the school’s graduation rate. Bowen previously had served as the principal of Marlboro County High School in South Carolina and as the assistant principal of Pinecrest High School in Moore County, North Carolina. While Bowen was principal of Marlboro County High School, the school was one of only 13 in the nation to earn the Character Education Citizens of Character Award. It also was one of only two South Carolina high schools that received the SC Red Carpet Award for customer service and community relations. In addition, it was one of only sixteen South Carolina schools named to the Riley Award Honor Roll School Improvement Council.

 

Bowen has served as Chief Officer for Learning and Accountability in Pender County, North Carolina and as an assistant superintendent in the Washington County (NC) School District. In 2012, he was named the UNC Pembroke Young Alumnus of the Year for his extraordinary success as an educator. KCS Superintendent, Dr. Pam Cain, believes Bowen will be an excellent leader for A.L. Brown High School. “Everyone has been extremely impressed with Kenneth Bowen’s talent as an educator and with his success in every school he has led. He has a strong background in STEM education and technology, and he is the right person to lead A.L. Brown High School. I am excited that he is coming to Kannapolis, and I know he will do an outstanding job guiding A.L. Brown to even further success.”

 

Bowen earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UNC Pembroke, and he is expected to finish his doctorate in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University later this year. Bowen says he is looking forward to becoming principal of A.L. Brown High School. “I’m excited about coming to A.L. Brown and serving the students and staff,” said Bowen. “I have done a lot of research about A.L. Brown, and I think this is a great fit for me and the school. I really wanted to get back to working with students again. I miss high school greatly, and I’m excited about helping students move forward. That’s my true passion, and I’m grateful that Kannapolis City Schools could provide me with that opportunity.”

 

Bowen will begin as principal at the beginning of August. 

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