My name is Dr. Christopher “Pokey” Bowen. I’m originally from Camp Hill, PA and I have worked as the Assistant Director of Counseling Services at The Gatton Academy since it opened in 2007. For the past 27 years, pretty much everyone in my life has called me Pokey. It is a nickname that I picked up in undergrad for being a bit of a “slow poke” on the soccer team. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and my Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Lee University located in Cleveland, TN. I completed my Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina in 2005 and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Kentucky. I have over 15 years of experience working with high school and college students as a counselor, professor, and college student affairs professional.
I really enjoy working with Academy students. Their energy, passion, and creative nature makes every day new and exciting. I am privileged to have the opportunity to reach out to students and help them to grow holistically, adjust to college life and overcome challenges. The Academy students enrich my life beyond words, and I’m honored to be able to be part of their lives.
I am blessed to have a wonderful wife Shelley, and three fantastic children Xander (18), Tristan (11), and Olivia (9). I have a 12-year-old Dachshund name Puppy and a 4-year-old rescue Rottweiler, Sophie. In my spare time, I’m a sports buff. I really enjoy watching the American Football, and World Cup and Olympic soccer. I’m a big Phillies and Penn State fan, I’m the only Arizona Cardinals fan I know, and, of course, I always root for the Hilltoppers! I really enjoy spending time with my family hiking, writing/playing music, going to the beach, camping, watching movies, playing video games, and creating some fun art together. One day we hope to buy a RV and take some awesome road trips!