Garry W. Owens joined AGB Search in the fall of 2011 after working five years as a senior consultant with another Washington, DC-based search and consulting firm.  Since 2006, Dr. Owens has completed nearly 80 searches for presidents, vice presidents, provosts, and deans in public and private colleges and universities, as well as in church-affiliated schools, specialized colleges, and the for-profit sector.  During the past few years, he has provided search services for leadership positions in the following institutions:

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison - Chancellor
  • University of Minnesota - President
  • University of Nebraska - President
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha - Chancellor
  • Portland State University - President
  • Florida Gulf Coast University - President
  • Wichita State University - President 
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Prescott, AZ) – Chancellor
  • University of South Carolina – Executive Vice President and Provost
  • The George Washington University (DC) - Provost

Dr. Owens served as an academic administrator for 17 years, notably as Founding Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Tech University, where he successfully developed a new college combining academic units of music, art, and theatre and dance. While at Texas Tech, Dr. Owens led several successful searches for administrative positions and faculty members. His research interests have centered on leadership development and, along with several colleagues, he helped to establish the International Council of Fine Arts Deans’ Leadership Institute. He also created an active advisory board for the College of Visual and Performing Arts and participated as a board member for several local arts organizations. On several occasions, Dr. Owens has been invited to present sessions on search practice at the International Council of Fine Arts Deans’ annual meetings.

Prior to his appointment as Founding Dean, Dr. Owens served as a Senior Academic Administrator of Arts at Texas Tech University, Northern Arizona University, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and the University of Michigan-Flint. He began his career as a public-school instrumental music educator in Madison, Wisconsin. 

Dr. Owens earned his Bachelor and Master of Music, as well as a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Recently, he was elected co-chair of the Board of Advisors of the Mead Witter School of Music at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.