Doug was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming that is somewhat unique considering the population of Wyoming! He moved to Fort Collins, CO in the 4th grade and graduated from Fort Collins High School (Proud to Be A Lambkin!) in 1973. Football, Basketball, and Track were interests in high school and Doug went on to the University of Northern Colorado where he participated in Football and Indoor Track for a short period of time. Following his short athletic career at the university, Doug went on to become President of the local chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and the Rocky Mountain Region Representative to the National Grand Council. After graduating from UNC with a degree in Business Admin/Marketing, he worked for a large bank in Denver as a Financial Analyst. These days were spent analyzing corporate financial statements in preparation for becoming a Commercial Lending Officer. Doug left the bank and moved on to a Marketing Manager position with Mountain Bell and was responsible for all large retail accounts in Northern Colorado as well as the Hewlitt Packard account. In 1981 and following two years of corporate life, Doug moved to Pagosa Springs after finding a job with a local electrician. He worked as a registered apprentice for two years and then returned to Colorado State University where he earned his teaching/vocational credentials. Doug was hired as the Business Teacher/Basketball Coach/FBLA Advisor at Pagosa Springs High School.
As an educator, Doug served as the Business Teacher for 10 years and then moved to the Guidance Counselor position at PSHS. He later spent a year as the Teacher in the Pagosa Springs Middle School Bridges program followed by 8 years as the Director of Archuleta County Alternative High School. Doug served on the Archuleta County Education Center Board of Directors, the Colorado State FBLA Board of Directors, and recently completed (December, 2016) a term on the LaPlata Electric Roundup Board of Directors. He served on the Colorado Business Educator's I-Team and participated in curriculum development for high school vocational programs. Mr. Bowen accepted a position this past fall (2016) as the Teacher in the PAC program after serving 2.5 years as a Child Protection Case Worker with the Dept of Human Services in Archuleta County.