Stephanie R. Owens, CPA, previously Chief Financial Officer and Vice President at Centenary College of Louisiana, has been named Vice President for Administration and Finance and CFO at Warren Wilson College.
Owens’ appointment by the College’s Board of Trustees and President Steven L. Solnick is effective June 16. Owens succeeds Alan S. Russell, CPA, who has served Warren Wilson as Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance since July 2013.
“Warren Wilson College is thrilled to be able to welcome Stephanie Owens to our campus,” Solnick said. “She brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this position.
“We also are grateful to Alan Russell for his service to the campus and community as Interim Vice President and CFO for the past year. We wish him all the very best as he returns home to Massachusetts.”
Owens comes to Warren Wilson College with more than 25 years’ experience in finance and accounting, including nearly nine years as CFO and Vice President for Finance at Shorter University in Rome, Ga., where she earned a master’s degree in accountancy. She has been selected by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to serve as Financial Administrator for both off-site and on-site review committees for accreditation.
Owens’ credentials and licenses include attending Harvard University for the Institute for Educational Management (IEM) certification. She also attended the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) three-year leadership program and received certification from the College Business Management Institute (CBMI). Her many community involvements include serving as a board member of the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia and Providence House in Shreveport, La.
Founded in 1894 as the Asheville Farm School, Warren Wilson College is the country’s only liberal arts college with a national student body and integrated work and service programs.