Vanderbilt Athletics

Behind the V: Gina Owens

April 3, 2014

Gina Owens came to Vanderbilt University in 1994 and joined the athletic department's business office in December, 1995. In 2009 Owens was promoted to athletic business manager. She is a Nashville native, a graduate of Lipscomb University and married with two children. She is an excellent singer and has sung the national anthem at Commodore baseball and basketball games.

Favorite food? 
Shrimp is my weakness.

What inspires you?
My family. I am thankful to have a wonderful husband, children and parents!

Best advice you've received?
"Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have!"

Memorable moment as a child?
Playing the lead role of Nellie Forbush in "South Pacific" in the eighth grade. And, my senior year in high school I competed in the state of Tennessee choral competition and placed third in the state for sopranos. 

Biggest fear?
Absolutely petrified of swinging bridges. In third grade, my teacher had to carry me across one on a field trip because I was so scared. Still to this day, my gut sinks even at the thought of one.

Farthest you've been from home?
Italy on a graduate trip when I was getting my MBA.

What's your biggest challenge?
The toughest obstacle I have ever faced is breast cancer. It was a hard journey, but also one that increased my faith and gave me a much clearer perspective on life. As hard as battling cancer was, I am thankful for what I gained from the journey.

Do you have pets?
Two cats--Tiger Lily and AJ

Name one of your talents outside of work?
Music has always been a big part of my life. I've played piano since age six. From middle school through college, I performed in choral groups and musicals. I still love to sing any chance I can get...but my audience is now my family!

If you had a time machine, what year would you travel to?
1989--all of my grandparents were still alive. I would love to be able to have a conversation with them again.

What will you be doing 10 years from now?
Ten years from now, both of my kids will be out of college. So, I can see myself and my husband on a cruise. But, I definitely see myself still Anchoring Down here in Athletics. 

Behind the V Archive
Men's Golf: Hunter Stewart
Vanderbilt IMG: Jeff Haynie
Men's Tennis: Suresh Eswaran
Equipment Services: Gary Veach
Life Skills/Academics: Alison Wenzel
Baseball: Dansby Swanson
National Commodore Club: John Patterson
Women's Basketball: Vicki Spina
Women's Tennis: Lauren Mira
Swimming: Elly Faulkner
Associate Director: Lori Alexander
Baseball: Drew Fann
Swimming: Chrissy Oberg
Men's Basketball: Garry Christopher
Women's Golf: Rene Sobolewski
Bowling: Nicole Mosesso
Ticket Office: Eric Jones
Compliance: George Midgett

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