New trustees, Bill Hardin, Gwen Owen, and Kelly O'Daniel with George Pine, board chair
New trustees attend
orientation, first board meeting
Dr. William G. Hardin, III, ’79, Mrs. Kelly O’Daniel, mother of Liam '16, and Mrs. Gwen Owen ’75,
the newest members of the Board of Trustees, attended the New Trustee
Orientation on Oct. 31 and their first board meeting on Nov. 1.
Dr. Hardin is a real estate professor at Florida International University and lives in Weston, Fla., with his wife, Alyson, a Sewanee graduate who is currently serving on its Board of Trustees. Their daughter, Josephine ’15, is a boarding student.
Dr. Hardin received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from UNC - Chapel Hill, a Masters in International Business from University of South Carolina, and a Master of Science in Real Estate and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Georgia State University.
At FIU, he is a full professor and Director of Tibor and Sheila Hollo School of Real Estate and the Jerome Bain Real Estate Institute. He also directs the MSIRE and BBA in Real Estate programs. He has an extensive publication record in the top real estate journals, is Co-Editor of Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education and is an elected member of the American Real Estate Society Board of Directors and the Society’s Director of Publications. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Real Estate Research and Journal of Housing Research and the editorial review board of The Appraisal Journal.
Mrs. O’Daniel lives in Louisville, Ky., with husband, Jerry, who is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Their son, Liam ‘16, is a boarder at Webb, and son, Connor, is a senior at Saint Xavier.
Mrs. O’Daniel received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University Southeast and holds a Certification in Critical Care Nursing. She worked in various areas in nursing including intensive care, transitional care, pre- and post-surgical care, emergency room and home health. She has worked since 2001 as an administrative assistant for a cosmetic practice and now as a nurse PRN with that practice. Mrs. O’Daniel also has owned an import furniture business for 10 years and an art business for five years.
She has always been actively involved with her sons, volunteering at school as room mother, chaperoning school trips, coaching basketball and leading a Cub Scout den. Her many civic and community activities include volunteering since 1992 with the Kentucky Derby Museum Gala and serving as co-host of museum event for the opening of the 2013 Spring Meet. She also volunteers at the Deaf Oral School in Louisville.
Mrs. Owen ‘75 lives in Memphis with her husband, Clinton Penn Owen III, managing partner of Bowdre Place, with farming interests in Tunica County, Miss. Her daughter, Elizabeth Graham Parrish, is a student at Birmingham Southern College. Her father, Dr. Gary M. Jones, was Webb’s president from 1973-78. She is a former member of Webb Alumni Board and has been active in Memphis alumni activities.
Mrs. Owen received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Rhodes College. She worked for AT&T in Atlanta and Memphis from 1979-83, was manager for Federal Express from 1983-96, responsible for entire telephone network for Memphis operations. She worked part time in admissions at Rhodes College from 2005-09 interviewing and evaluating applicants.
Her many civic and community activities include serving as president of the Junior League of Memphis, as senior warden of Calvary Episcopal Church, as a national officer for Delta, Delta, Delta Sorority, and as a Memphis Garden Club member.