Owens honored as Distinguished Alumnus at Wayland Baptist University

Release Date: February 23, 2009    

PLAINVIEW – Lubbockite Eddie Owens was honored for a longtime legacy of service by his alma mater, Wayland Baptist University, as he received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award on Friday at the homecoming chapel service.

A native of Quitaque, where he worked on the community newspaper his parents published, Owens graduated from Wayland in 1975 with honors in political science and a double minor in speech and English. He later finished the speech major and received a        secondary teacher certification in speech and English. He earned a master’s degree in mass communications from Texas Tech in 1985 and was accredited by the Public Relations Society of America in 1987.

As an undergraduate at WBU, he was president of the Class of 1975; president of Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity as a junior and senior; active in Student Foundation for three years; and was involved in several other organizations. He also was honored as a Spinning Wheel for campus involvement, serving as sports editor and photographer for the Traveler annual for four years and as editor of The Trail Blazer campus newspaper for a year.

After graduation, he spent three years as a sports writer with two Plainview newspapers before becoming public relations director and mass communications instructor at Wayland. He served as president of the Noon Optimist Club and on the board of the American Red Cross, was Wayland’s campaign coordinator for Plainview Area United Way and sang in the choir at First Baptist Church.

Owens moved to Lubbock in 1989 and spent 15 years as director of marketing/public relations at St. Mary Hospital and Covenant Health System before becoming director of corporate communications for United Supermarkets in February 2004. Eddie has been a member of the board of directors of Lubbock Area United Way for the past six years, serving as Marketing Vice President the past two years; is vice chairman of the National Kidney Foundation of West Texas; a board member of the Lubbock I.S.D. Foundation for Excellence; and member of the board of advisors of the Lubbock I.S.D. Partners in Education.

He is a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the South Plains Food Bank and teaches Sunday school, serves on the Communications Committee and is a television ministry volunteer at First United Methodist Church. Eddie is past president of the Lubbock County Division of the American Heart Association; former vice chair of the American Red Cross South Plains Division; former member of the Advisory Committee of the Texas Tech University College of Mass Communications; and former board   member of the Children’s Advocacy Center of the South Plains.

A graduate of Leadership Lubbock, he received the 2008 Cornucopia Award for Individual Community Involvement from the Volunteer Center of Lubbock; the 2006 Positive Impact Award from United Supermarkets; and the 1996 Distinguished Service Award from the Lubbock County Division of the American Heart Association

He and his wife, Lynn, have a daughter, Kami Bedford of Irving.