Wilson County has named a new Deputy Director of Schools over Policy, Compliance, and Employee Relations.

Rebecca Owens is no stranger to education.  After earning her law degree from Memphis State University, she went on to spend nearly two decades as an administrator for the Knox County School system.  For 12 of those years, Owens served as the district’s Director of Benefits and Employee Relations.

In 2014, Williamson County schools hired Owens as their Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, where she spent the next three and a half years.  Co-workers describe Owens as a person of integrity, with high ethical standards, and her peers across the state seem to agree.  She’s currently wrapping up her term as President of the Tennessee Association for School Personnel Administrators, one of the most highly-respected organizations of its’ kind in the entire state.

Wilson County Schools Director, Dr. Donna Wright, says Owens extensive work in H.R., combined with her legal background, have uniquely positioned her to assume this newly defined position,  “Policy and compliance issues can be extremely complicated, but they’ve become such a big part of what our H.R. Department is responsible for.  I can’t think of anyone better equipped to step in and fill the void left behind by the retirement of Mary Ann Sparks.” 

Owens will assume her new role in Wilson County on July 17th.