Eastern Nazarene College has appointed Dr. Jossie Owens (74) to the newly created position of vice president for adult and graduate studies.
ENC President Dr. Corlis McGee said Dr. Owens will oversee ENC’s Adult and Graduate Studies division, which has experienced significant enrollment growth in recent years.
“Dr. Owens brings a wealth of business experience to this important new leadership position within the college,” McGee said. “She also has a distinguished record of leadership both within the Church of the Nazarene and the local Boston community. We are honored to have her join Eastern Nazarene College in this new role.”
An alumna of ENC, Dr. Owens was the first African American woman in the United States and Canada to be elected district superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene. In this role, she had oversight responsibility for 103 churches. Prior to serving as district superintendent, she served as pastor of Second Church in Dorchester and principal of Parkside Christian Academy. She has also been involved with the Boston Ten Point Coalition, the Boston Education Collaborative and Boston Justice Ministries, which assists battered women.
Her business experience includes serving in numerous management positions with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, where she was responsible for the administration of the corporate Assessment Center Program and served as manager of the Training and Organization Development department.
A Mansfield resident, Dr. Owens received her bachelor’s degree from ENC in 1974. She went onto receive a master’s degree in public administration from Northeastern University and a doctorate of education in planning, policy and administration from Boston University.