Young Harris College Appoints Owen as the new Vice President for Advancement

After a national search, Young Harris College has appointed James P. Owen III to the chief fundraising position of Vice President for Advancement. Owen brings more than 20 years of successful experience in both the profit and nonprofit sectors.

Since 2011, Owen has served as Director of Development II at Emory University Woodruff Health Sciences Center in Atlanta, Ga. He is responsible for principle and major-gift donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship within multiple development areas of Emory Medicine.

Previously, he led a team of six development professionals as the Director of Annual Giving at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., from 2007 to 2011. In his final year at Sewanee, the university raised $3.5 million in gifts, the most unrestricted dollars in the institution’s history (2010), and overall alumni giving participation to 44 percent.

Prior to entering into higher education, Owen worked for 11 years in real estate marketing and management. For four years, he was the Broker and Owner of The Colony Company, a real estate company on the gulf coast of Alabama. For seven years, he served as Vice President at Covenant Real Estate Management Company, a southeastern full-service real estate firm, and supervised a 12-member team that oversaw the marketing and management of homes throughout the southern United States.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Auburn University.