STANFORD, Calif. – Heather M. Owen has been promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Development at Stanford University in an announcement made by Bernard Muir, the Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics.
Stanford currently serves over 950 student-athletes in 36 varsity sports and has claimed 19 consecutive Director’s Cups as the nation’s most successful Division I athletic department.In her new role, Owen will lead Stanford Athletics’ development, stewardship, and event efforts. Areas comprising Stanford’s fundraising efforts include annual giving, major gifts, and donor relations, with the athletic department being financially independent from Stanford University.
“This is a well-deserved leadership opportunity for Heather,” said Muir. “We wanted someone who had strong Stanford development experience, was deeply rooted in the tradition and culture of Stanford University and was a passionate advocate for this amazing University. Heather has experienced firsthand why Stanford Athletics is truly one of a kind and sets the standard in collegiate athletics for what scholar-athletes should embody.
“Her intelligence, passion, sense of teamwork, and ability to make things happen will serve her well as she plays a significant role in this leadership of Stanford Athletics.”
Owen joined the Stanford athletic department in 2008 most recently as the Senior Assistant Athletic Director for Annual Giving where she oversaw the Buck/Cardinal from 2012-14. Before that Owen was the Director of Annual Giving for Leadership Gifts from 2008-12.
A standout basketball player, Owen played for legendary head coach Tara VanDeerver from 1994-1998 before graduating with a degree in political science with a minor in sociology. Owen played professionally in the WNBA and abroad while also pursuing a law degree from Santa Clara, which she earned in 2003.
Owen practiced law at DLA Piper for several years before returning to The Farm.