Michael Owens has joined the University of Arkansas at Monticello administration as associate vice chancellor for alumni and communication strategies.

Owens comes to UAM from Eastern Washington University where he served as associate chief technology officer, overseeing day-to-day IT operations for a campus of more than 13,000 graduate and undergraduate students and 2,500 faculty.

His previous experience includes serving as director of IT infrastructure for Clearwater Paper Corporation in Spokane, Wash., and senior systems engineer for Potlatch Forest Products Corporation in Arkansas City.

Owens holds a bachelor of science degree in computer information systems from UAM and a master of science degree in management information systems from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

While at Eastern Washington, Owens served on the National Conference on Undergraduate Research Committee, the EWU Data Management Committee, the EWU Data Standards Committee, the Academic Systems Advisory Committee, and the University Safety Committee.

“We are very pleased to have Mike join the university in this important role,” said Jay Jones, vice chancellor for finance and administration. “Someone with his training and experience will be an invaluable asset to the institution.”