Education Commissioner Tapped to Lead Nationwide Education Innovation 

Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen is moving on from Maine’s Department of Education.Bowen will take the position of Strategic Initiative Director of Innovation with the Council of Chief State School Officers.The Rockport resident will be based in Maine but will travel across the country for some obligations. Bowen says the decision to leave Maine DOE was a difficult one, and he felt “extraordinarily fortunate” to have served a governor with the passion for education of Governor LePage.Bowen’s last day will be September 12.An Acting Commissioner will be named in the coming weeks.