Bowden announces run for Kennett school board

Mark Bowden

KENNETT SQUARE — Mark Bowden, the bestselling author of “Black Hawk Down” and other titles, announced Tuesday he is running for a seat on the Kennett Consolidated School District Board this year.

A resident of Kennett Square Borough, Bowden is seeking the open seat for the borough on nine-member board, and plans to cross-file to run in both the Democratic and a Republican primaries this spring. He is currently on the faculty of The University of Delaware as its Distinguished Writer in Residence.

Bowden, 65, is the author of 13 books, and is a longtime journalist. He is a frequent contributor to Vanity Fair magazine and The Atlantic. For more than 20 years he was a reporter and columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He and his wife Gail are residents of the borough, and sent all five of their children to public schools.

He has been a college professor at Loyola University and UD for sixteen years, and is stepping down later this year from his full-time position there. His wife, Gail, recently joined the board of The Bayard Taylor Memorial Library.

“It’s a good time for me to offer my services to the community,” Bowden said in a statement announcing his candidacy. “We love living in Kennett Square, and have been very impressed with its schools and with the library.”

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