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Trustee Faylene Owen

  • 426 Auditorium Rd., Room 450
  • East Lansing, MI 48824-1046
  • (517) 353-4647
  • fayleneo@msn.com

Faylene Owen, founder and former owner of the award-winning Mica Corporation, a small market research and communications firm, was elected to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees for an eight-year term beginning January 1, 2007.

A vital force for community causes throughout her adult life, Owen has served as chair of both the Sparrow Hospital Foundation and Child Abuse Prevention Services. She has also been a board member of the American Heart Association’s fundraising campaign for women’s heart research, MSU’s Hillel Student Center, MSU Safe Place, and the MSU Kaleidoscope program. Owen’s community service and success in business were recognized by the Jewish National Fund, which presented her with its Tree of Life Award.

Owen served in state government as the director of special projects and the deputy finance director for Governor James Blanchard; the executive director of the Michigan Executive Corps, a public–private partnership to bring private sector expertise to the government; and a board member of the Michigan State Fair. Owen also worked actively to elect Democratic senators, members of Congress, legislators, and local officials in Michigan. She chaired the Michigan Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson–Jackson Day Dinner.

Nationally, Owen served as a managing trustee of the Democratic National Committee and as the chair of the Clinton–Gore fundraising campaign in Michigan in 1992 and 1996. Owen’s work was recognized by President Bill Clinton, who appointed her as a national member of the White House Fellows Commission.

Owen is especially proud that her children, two grandchildren, and husband Larry Owen, a former Michigan State University trustee, all attended MSU.