Gary Owens named director of planned giving at Western Maryland College

November 17, 1992

Dr. Gary Owens, executive director of the capital campaign and university development for Towson State University, has been named director of planned giving at Western Maryland College.

Dr. Owens, who has also chaired the Governor's Commission for Long-Term Financing since 1990, will create and lead a new program designed to help alumni, parents and friends of Western Maryland identify the most creative ways to plan their charitable gifts to the college.

Dr. Owens has experience in financial and estate planning and in the creation and administration of gifts in which donors retain a life income interest, such as gift annuities and charitable trusts.

His appointment is effective Dec. 7.

"We are delighted to have Gary join the college as our new director of planned giving," said Richard F. Seaman, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Western Maryland. "Gary brings with him a deep commitment to the values of a liberal arts education in a private college setting.

"He has enormous talents, energy, human sensitivity, community concern, and planned giving expertise that will serve us well as we create new programs to meet the needs of our alumni, parents, and friends."

At Towson State, Dr. Owens has been responsible for the university's major capital campaign. Since he started last year, he established programs in planned giving, bequests and major gifts, while also organizing the development staff and the annual fund. He also served as a lecturer in philosophy on the Towson State faculty.

From 1987 to 1991, Dr. Owens served as associate director of development for Johns Hopkins University. He also worked in planned giving, processing multimillion-dollar gifts and ushering in a computer system for the institution's planned giving program.

For five years before joining the Hopkins staff, Dr. Owens was a chief investment analyst for a large bank.

In 1990, he was appointed by Gov. William Donald Schaefer to head a special commission on financing long-term state programs. He continues to work with the governor's office, the legislature, Maryland's Congressional delegation and other state leaders to determine state budget needs and to develop cost-effective strategies.

Dr. Owens also chaired the Mayor's Commission for Resource Management in Baltimore from 1986 to 1989. He worked with city leaders on financial aspects of issues affecting city residents, including the effort to increase penalties for negligent landlords and the Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort.

Dr. Owens earned his bachelor's degree from Towson State in 1970. In 1981 he received a doctorate in philosophy from Purdue University; that same year he participated in the graduate program in finance at the Wharton School of Business and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.

His teaching experience includes an assistant professorship in philosophy at Indiana University from 1974 to 1977, where he received an Excellence in Teaching Award, and an instructor's position at Purdue University from 1979 to 1981, where he was nominated for a School of Humanities Teaching Award.

At Western Maryland, Dr. Owens will report to Stevenson W. Close Jr., associate vice president and director of development.

He also will work closely with other senior administrators, trustees, alumni, and volunteers to implement a planned giving program.

"I'm quite enthusiastic about joining one of the best small-college development teams in the country," Dr. Owens said. "I'm excited about the support that Western Maryland's alumni and friends are showing the institution. I look forward to serving them."

Dr. Owens and his wife and daughter live in Cockeysville.

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