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Alumni Spotlight: Michelle Logan Owens

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Connections mean a lot to the students and faculty and staff members at USC Sumter. It’s not unusual for bonds made on campus to last long after graduation. Our small classes, supportive environment and attention to your success provide the foundation for student achievement.

Nearly two decades after studying at USC Sumter, Michelle Logan-Owens continues to have close ties with individuals on campus, ties that she can rely on. In fact, a recent telephone call to campus exemplifies our commitment to students, even after they’ve left USC Sumter. Michelle was having problems with a statistics software program. Even though it was spring break, a staff member put her in touch with Stephen Bishoff, her former anatomy professor, who made several attempts to find someone to assist her. “That speaks volumes to me about the people at USC Sumter,” Michelle says.

“Long after you leave the halls, classrooms, studios and labs, the people here remain sincerely concerned about you and your success. Attending USC Sumter was the best academic decision I’ve made in my life.”

The relationships Michelle made so many years ago continue to affect her to this day, and “that kind of dedication is priceless,” she adds.

Logan-Owens is a 1992 graduate of the University of South Carolina Sumter and a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina where she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing.  She has also earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in health care administration from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  She is chief operating officer of Palmetto Health Tuomey. 

Married to a retired Third Army soldier, Michelle had the option to relocate on numerous occasions, but she had a love for Sumter and wanted to motivate young people in her community to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams. She believes that the gift of time is the best investment one can make in children, and she has volunteered with USC Sumter on numerous occasions to speak with groups of young people and has served as a role model for more than a dozen years. In addition to active participation in school career day fairs, she has been a guest presenter at Morris College and volunteered as a mentor with the Progressive Professional Network “Star Student” program. When time allows, she meets with young people to discuss their aspirations and help them develop plans that will enable them to attain their goals and stay focused. 

Logan-Owens is an active member of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, serves as a board member of the South Carolina Hospital Association and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, South Carolina Nurse Executives, The Forum and Sigma Theta Tau.

Her honors and recognitions include the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award from USC Sumter, 2011 Sumter County Woman of Excellence Award and the 2014 National Council of Negro Women Community Service Award for Medicine. In 2015 she was recognized as an Extraordinary Woman by the Sumter Daily Item, and in 2016 she was added to the Sumter Volunteers Women’s Honor Roll of Sumter County. 

Logan-Owens is committed to making a difference in her community. She lives by the lines in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem “Success,” which reads: “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

She is married to Sylvester L. Owens, a registered nurse, and they have two daughters.