Alan C. Lowe obtained his B.A. (1986) and M.A. (1988) in history at the University of Kentucky. In 1989, Lowe joined the staff of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California as an archivist. In 1992, he moved to the Office of Presidential Libraries at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. In the Office of Presidential Libraries, Lowe helped to oversee the many Presidential libraries located throughout the nation. During part of this time, he also served as interim Director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York.
From 2003 to 2009, Lowe served as the founding Executive Director of the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee. In that capacity, he created a host of public, educational, and research programs to increase civic engagement and promote a better understanding of policy issues. He also oversaw the completion of a facility for the Baker Center on the University of Tennessee campus.
In April 2009, Lowe began serving as Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library. The mission of the Bush Library is to serve as a resource for the study of the life of George W. Bush, the Presidency, American history, issues of public policy, and civic education. The Library accomplishes its mission by preserving and providing access to Presidential records and other collections, hosting public programs, creating educational initiatives, and producing innovative museum exhibits. Currently located in a temporary building in Lewisville, Texas, the Library will move to a new facility on the campus of Southern Methodist University, slated to open to the public in 2013.
Lowe is a member of the Advisory Board for the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky. From 2003 until 2006, he served as the representative of former Senate Majority Leader William Frist on the Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress. He served as President of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress, and as President of the Board of Directors of the William Blount Mansion Association. Lowe sat on the Board of Directors for WUOT, and for the East Tennessee Economic Council. He also served on the Advisory Panel for the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center. In the summer of 2007, he was selected to take part in the 53rd annual National Security Seminar at the United States Army War College. Lowe is a graduate of the Leadership Knoxville class of 2007.
Lowe is a native of Bourbon County, Kentucky. He and his wife, Kathy, and daughter, Carolyn, reside in Lewisville, Texas.