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e3 Civic High Announces Interim Leadership Team

The e3 Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Ke Xu and Mr. Craig Bowden to share interim leadership roles through the transition as Dr. Cheryl James-Ward, e3 Civic High Chief Engagement Office (CEO) will transition to San Dieguito Union High School District as Superintendent, starting November 1, 2021.
 
“We sincerely appreciate and are grateful for Dr. Ward’s leadership at e3. As we move forward, we are excited about the partnership of Dr. Xu and Mr. Bowden to lead e3. Our team of passionate and dedicated educators are committed to the e3 learning community. e3 has developed an innovative, learner centric educational model to meet the needs of today's learner and tomorrow's worker while preparing students for college, workforce and life”, noted e3 Board Chair Matt Spathas.
 
About Dr. Ke Xu
Dr. Xu has been named the Interim Director of Instruction and Innovation. Dr. Xu joined e3 prior to its opening in 2013. He has extensive experience in instruction, professional learning communities, innovation, data metrics and next generation educational delivery.
 
Dr. Xu received his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and a Master’s in Statistics from San Diego State University. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Information from Beijing Institute of Commerce. Dr. Xu taught high school mathematics and computer science courses in China before working as the Beijing branch manager for the United States-China Business Institute. 
 
About Mr. Craig Bowden
Mr. Craig Bowden has been named Interim Director of Student Support and Admin. Mr. Bowden joined e3 over five years ago. His experience as Dean of Scholar Support and Special Education provides a solid foundation to continue to serve e3 students and families.

Mr. Bowden has a Masters in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University, a California Administrative Services Credential and is currently pursuing his doctorate from San Diego State University. Prior to e3, Mr. Bowden worked at High Tech High and is a graduate of its Graduate School of Education credentialing program. He has 20 years of leadership experience as an educator and the unique experience as a coach of the international ski team in the winter Olympics.
 
About e3
Located in the state of the art downtown San Diego Public Library, e3 Civic High is recognized as one of the nation’s top 50 most innovative schools in the country by CNN Money.  e3 Civic High’s mission and vision is to “engage, educate and empower students to be passionate, lifelong learners and civic leaders who are prepared for college, the workforce and life.”  
 
e3 will begin the process of identifying its next leader with an extensive search process. We will seek input from our staff, students, parents, partners and our learning community as a key part of this search process.