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Darryl E. Owens

Associate Vice President of Communication and Engagement

352-638-9789 Ext. 189dowens@beaconcollege.edu


  • B.A. from Howard University: Journalism

About Darryl E. Owens

Darryl E. Owens is the associate vice president, communications and engagement at Beacon College. In this role, he maintains the overall management and supervisory responsibility for external and internal communication functions at Beacon College including branding and messaging, website content, social media, media relations and program development on various media platforms, photography, and preparation and editing of external and internal communications, and the Beacon Salon Speaker Series. He also is the creator and host of the college’s Telly Award-winning neurodiversity-focused television program, “A World of Difference.” The show runs locally on Orlando’s PBS station, WUCF, and on PBS outlets nationally.

Prior to joining Beacon, Owens worked for 25 years as a features writer, columnist and editorial writer at the Orlando Sentinel. During his award-winning Sentinel career, he stood side-by-side with neurosurgeons during two brain surgeries chronicling their mastery with their scalpels, covered the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, interviewed Hall of Fame athletes, civil rights icons, and buzzed around in police helicopters.

Honors and Awards

  • Grand Image Award: Florida Public Relations Association
  • Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE): Gold Award
  • Sunshine State Awards: First Place in Commentary and Criticism (2012)
  • National Association of Black Journalists: First Place in News Commentary ( 2010)