David C. Owen Leadership Institute

Established in 2010, the mission of the David C. Owen Leadership Institute is to inspire and equip servant leaders to achieve their full leadership potential as ethical, innovative, civic-minded leaders to contribute positively to their communities and the world.  The Institute sponsors many of the Leadership Matters workshops, hosts renowned business speakers, and will carry its message to other countries as a way of sharing the Ottawa University experience abroad.

Proud supporters of Ottawa University and the Angell Snyder School of Business, Dave Owen and his wife Laura funded the establishment of the David C. Owen Leadership Institute.

“Perhaps nothing we do is more important for future generations than equipping leaders with servant leadership principles and a strong moral compass,” says Owen. “That is the goal of the David C. Owen Leadership Institute at Ottawa University, and Laura and I are delighted to be the catalyst for this important initiative.”

Owen is a former State Senator and Lt. Governor of Kansas. He is a 1960 graduate of Ottawa University, where he was a standout athlete in both basketball and track. He was elected to the OU Braves Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000 and is a past president of the Hall of Fame. As President he orchestrated the establishment and endowment of the BAHOF Scholarship Program. He is currently a member of the OU President’s Council. Professionally, Owen has nearly 60 years of business experience in the financial industry, having served as Founder and President of two banks in the Kansas City Area, and as Regional Manager for Stephens Inc, an investment banking firm headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dave was Co-Founder and CEO of ICOP, a public company traded on the NASDAQ Exchange, and a global market leader in motion video products for First Responders. ICOP received the Patriot Award from the U.S. Department of Defense in 2008. He was a member of the Board of the Greater Kansas City Fellowship of Christian Athletes for many years. He studied at Ohio State University and Rutgers University in conjunction with the American Bankers Association and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Economics from Ottawa University.