MSU’s Owen named Director of Professional and Technical Partnerships

Contact: Madison Welzbacher

Sean Owen (photo by Russ Houston)

STARKVILLE, Mississippi—After working for the university for two decades, a Mississippi State employee has been promoted to the newly created position of Director of Career and Technical Partnerships in MSU’s Office of the Registrar.

Sean Owen, formerly Deputy Director of Research Development and Strategic Initiatives in MSU’s Research and Curriculum Unit, recently began his new assignment to help develop and grow partnerships with community colleges, businesses/ industry and the military, he was specifically responsible for raising awareness of the university’s Bachelor of Applied Science program, which allows students to apply existing technical credits toward a bachelor’s degree.

“Since the launch of the Bachelor of Applied Science program in 2019, a top priority has been placed on building partnerships to maximize opportunities and student success in the program,” said John Dickerson, Associate Vice President of MSU for enrollment and university registrar. “Dr. Owen’s deep knowledge of career and technical education, and his transformational impact across multiple levels of education, make him well suited for this role as we work to expand our network of community college partners, from industry and the military for the BAS program.

Owen earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biological sciences at the University of Mississippi and Delta State University, respectively, before earning his doctorate in education from MSU in 2006. In addition to his previous position, Owen also served MSU as a research professor, leading applied science research and career and technical pathways.

He is a member of the American Educational Research Association, Association for Career and Technical Education, Mississippi Educational Computing Association, and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders. He is also the past president of MECA as well as the Educational Evaluation and Instructional Effectiveness Research Consortium.

The BAS program allows students who have completed their Associate of Applied Science degree to transfer up to 60 credit hours to MSU. Students can study up to three priority areas online or at one of the in-person campus options: Starkville, Meridian, or Gulf Coast.

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