Owens ’93 to Address Bethany College Kalon Scholarship Candidates

BETHANY, W.Va. – Todd Owens, a nonprofit consulting expert and 1993 Bethany graduate, will deliver the keynote address for the 30th Annual Kalon Scholarship Luncheon to be held on Feb. 15.

Owens, the cofounder and principal of Nonprofit Talent, has 14 years of nonprofit experience, in both consulting and executive search services. His company has taken on many impressive clients, including working with Talent-City.com to help The Pittsburgh Foundation and the city’s mayor fill senior leadership roles.

The luncheon recognizes incoming students with leadership potential and serves as part of the Kalon Leadership Scholarship Competition.

Candidates for the Kalon Scholarship are chosen from high school seniors across the nation based on demonstrated achievement in leadership, a superior academic record and a required essay on an assigned topic. Bethany College hosts potential scholarship recipients during Kalon Weekend, giving them the opportunity to tour the campus and participate in events such as the luncheon and a variety of leadership seminars. Following the luncheon and Keynote Address, three-person teams composed of a Bethany faculty or staff member, a current Bethany student and an alumnus conduct in-depth interviews of each candidate to complete the evaluation process.

Prior to the creation of his business, Owens managed Vantagen’s nonpprofit consulting services team in Pittsburgh whose main focuses were executive search, succession planning and interim executive leadership. Owens has previously worked with Kate Dewey at Dewey & Kaye and served clients as a project manager, facilitator, and organizational development consultant.

“The Kalon Scholars program has been an important part of the academic fabric of our historic college for many years,” said Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.  “Todd’s academic accomplishments as an undergraduate here and his success in his career exemplify the value of a classical residential liberal arts college.  He will be an inspiration to these Scholars.” 

Owens was recently named one of the “People to know around Pittsburgh in the New Year” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Owens currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Attack Theatre and the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. He is the prior Board Chair of Venture Outdoors and spends as much time outside as possible.

While at Bethany, Owens was a member of the Bethany Kalon Society and senior class president. He also was a recipient of the Francis O. Carfer Prize, an award presented to the senior who, in the judgment of the Honors Committee, has made the most outstanding contribution to the College. Owens graduated cum laude from Bethany, then received his Master of Science degree in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.