Jon Guy Owens started as the director of the Hollins Outdoor Program in 2001, after completing his graduate studies in environmental and experiential studies at Radford University. A native of Western North Carolina, Owens got his start in outdoor recreation as a river guide on the Nantahala River. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University in recreational therapy. He holds certifications from the American Mountain Guiding Association, Leave No trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, and is an instructor for the Wilderness Education Association and a Wilderness First Responder.
Owens has been elected to the Board of Directors for Coastal Canoeists, Virginia’s largest canoeing and kayaking club.
Owens lives on the Hollins campus with his wife, Anna Copplestone ’06, and son, Henry, and when not working, spends most of his time fly fishing, paddling, and practicing Chinese Kempo-karate with his family.