The UM Board of Curators have named Stephen J. Owens, a Kansas City attorney in private practice, as MU’s new next General Counsel. Owens succeeds Marvin E. “Bunky” Wright, whose retirement is effective Dec. 31.
A 1977 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration, Owens, 52, is a partner with Kansas City-based Stinson Morrison Hecker, LLP. His practice has included business litigation, collegiate sports law, drafting and negotiating contracts and administrative law. He has also co-chaired the firm’s Environmental Law Practice Group and its Business Litigation Division. His private practice has included work as outside counsel for the University of Missouri.
Owens will be paid an initial base salary of $290,000, plus benefits and incentives.