B. D. Owens
Owens is a 1959 graduate of Northwest (the only alumnus to become president). He received a phD from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught at Bowling Green University. Working on an American Council on Education grant he trained one year under President Elvis Stahr at the University of Indiana.
University of Tampa
Owens was the youngest president of the University of Tampa when he was appointed in 1971. Adding to the celebrity expectations David Brinkley attended his inauguration in Oct. 2, 1972.
Closing the football program
Tampa had just attempted to elevate its program to championship level. Tampa Stadium was built. The team in the preliminary stages of joining Division I defeated the Miami Hurricanes in 1970 31-14 prompting the Hurricanes to hire away coach Fran Curci in 1971. The team was formally accepted into Division I in 1971. In 1972 the team beat Miami again 7-0 and won the Tangerine Bowl.
However attendance did not pick up with the success. Owens reported that $755,000 from the university endowment had been spent on the program from 1972 to 1974 and that rate the program would soon bankrupt the college. The Trustees cancelled the program at the end of the 1974 season. Reports at the time said Owens had to carry a weapon because of threats.
In other developments he launched an ROTC program in 1971 at a time when other schools were dropping them.
In 1973 University began its first graduate program, the Master of Business Administration.
He went became president of Northwest in 1977. He instituted a recycling project where recycled material was burned to provide power for the school.
His most significant involvement was dealing with the fire at the school's Administration Building July 24, 1979.
In the wake of the fire, the building was totally renovated except for the north wing which contained a theatre. The Mary Linn Theatre opened on the west side of the campus (with the music relocated from the Administration Building). The school's Wells Library was renovated to for academic offices and radio station KXCV that had been house in the Administration Building. The B. D. Owens Library opened just northwest of the building.
He left the school in 1984.
St. Matthew's University
After serving as a consultant In 2001 he became interim president and Chief Financial Officer.
Owens briefly served as president and school moved to the Cayman Islands.
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