Peyton N. Owens, III joined the Golden Gophers in 2005 and serves as Assistant Athletic Director in charge of Student-Athlete Services. In this role Owens serves as a liaison with the Office Of Student Affairs and is charged with creating an environment that emphasizes the primacy of the overall well-being of the collegiate student-athlete in their individual lives, sport programs, departmental alliance, and university allegiance. With the Gophers he helps to foster relationships with both campus and community constituents to deliver programming that encourages and supports service, leadership, personal and professional development. Additionally he assists with the collaboration and implementation of the Freshmen First Year Experience Course, University of Minnesota Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Student-Athlete Alcohol and Drug Education and Drug Testing Program, McNamara Academic Center Summer Program, and serving as member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Code of Conduct Review Board.
Prior to joining the Athletics Department he served as the Associate Director of McNamara Academic Center for Student-Athletes for two years at the university. In that role he was responsible for overseeing learning programs, learning services, tutorial programming, as well as supervising collaborative efforts with campus programs such as the SMART Learning Commons and Student Writing Support.
Owens has also served on variety of committees and as a facilitator with the NCAA at the NCAA Regional and National Leadership Conferences, and served as a member of the NCAA Peer-Review Team, facilitator at the NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs Symposium, and serving as a member of the NCAA Student-Affairs Advisory Board. His involvement with the university includes the All-University Honors Committee, Center for Academic Planning and Career Exploration, Career Development Network, Alcohol Policy and Abuse Prevention Committee, President's Student Leadership and Service Awards Committee, Sexual Assault Prevention Plan Committee, and the Bystander Education and Intervention Committee.
Prior to his appointment at the U of M, Owens was the Director of CHAMPS/Life Skills and Community Outreach at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. In his role he assisted in establishing partnerships with the National Youth Sports Program and with the efforts of the National Consortium for Academics and Sports.
He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2000 with a degree in Kinesiology and in 2003 he received a masters of science degree in Sports Management and Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a graduate of the NCAA Ethnic Minority Males and Females Leadership Institute ('08), as well as a graduate of the University of Minnesota's President's Emerging Leaders Program ('09).
A native of Richmond, Virginia Owens and his wife Alicia have two daughters London and Buerkley.