Owens named to Advancement staff at Wayland Baptist University
September 22, 2014
LUBBOCK -- Wayland Baptist University is pleased to announce that Eddie Owens will be joining the staff as Director of Development for the Lubbock campus.
A longtime Lubbock resident, Owens has more than 35 years of experience in the fields of marketing, communications and public relations, most recently as Director of Communications and Public Relations for United Supermarkets LLC, where he has worked since 2004.
Owens is no stranger to Wayland, having graduated from the university in Plainview with a bachelor’s degree in 1975. He has been a longtime supporter of the university and its programs throughout the years. Owens also holds a master’s degree from Texas Tech (’85).
“We are very excited to have Eddie Owens join our Wayland team,” said Dr. David Bishop, Executive Director of Wayland’s Lubbock Campus. “Eddie brings a wealth of experience and has long been a servant of the Lubbock community.”
Owens primary function will be to raise funds and build relationship for the university. His office will be located at the Lubbock campus, but Owens will also work in conjunction with the overall university advancement team.
“It’s good to come back home,” Owens said. “I started my professional career at Wayland a long, long time ago. I have always been extremely grateful to Dr. (Roy) McClung (WBU president 1963-80) and the greater university as a whole for taking a chance on me and giving me a start.”
Owens served as Wayland’s Director of Public Relations and instructor in mass communications from 1979-89. He went on to marketing and public relations positions at St. Mary of the Plains Hospital (1989-98) and Covenant Health System (1998-2004) prior to joining United Supermarkets.
As Director of Development, Owens said he hopes to raise Wayland’s profile within the Lubbock community as well as advance the university cause as a whole. He will begin work officially on Oct. 1.
“It’s exciting to be able to do something new as well as give back to the university I’ve loved for a long time,” he said