Dr. Thomas McDowell 

Dr. Thomas Y. McDowell
[email protected]
127 Norwich Avenue, Suite 202
Colchester, CT 06415


The Colchester Board of Education has appointed Dr. Thomas Y. McDowell as the Interim Superintendent of Schools.

Dr. McDowell received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst; his Master’s and Certificate of Advance Graduate Study (CAGS) from Westfield State College; his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova University; and has completed formal post-doctoral study at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

He has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.  He has served as department supervisor, assistant high school principal, middle school principal, and assistant superintendent of schools.  Dr. McDowell served as a superintendent of schools for more than 25 years; in Orleans County, Vermont; Plymouth, Connecticut and Westfield, Massachusetts. Since retiring as Westfield’s superintendent of schools he has served as interim superintendent of schools in Wethersfield, Connecticut; Watertown, Connecticut; Tolland, Connecticut; and Cromwell, CT. Dr. McDowell also served as the Interim Head of School at Pope Francis High School.  He continues to teach at the college level.  His passions include music, fishing, and collecting and restoring classic muscle cars.

Dr. McDowell is married and has two (2) sons and three (3) grandchildren.  He lives in Westfield, MA with Penny, his wife, along with Beau and Dublin, their Labrador Retrievers, and Chica, their Red-fronted Macaw.