Gordon Van Owen
Vice President, Academics & Scholarship
Gordon was born in Bad Hersfeld, Germany, and moved to Orlando a few months before his second birthday. Gordon realized he wanted to be a Florida Gator while on a campus tour and walking past Century Tower for the first time. So, after spending 15 years at the same school, Gordon packed his bags and moved to Gainesville to pursue a dual-degree in Journalism and English. While at UF, Gordon worked for the Office of Admissions and welcomed thousands of hopeful Gators while working at the Welcome Center. He graduated with his bachelors’ degrees in 2006 and completed his master’s in mass communications at UF in 2008. While at UF, Gordon was a founding member of his fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon, a student senator in Student Government, editor of UF’s Tower yearbook, a member of Florida Blue Key, and served in a variety of leadership roles.
After finishing his master’s degree at UF, Gordon hoped to become a feature writer for a magazine or newspaper. However, Gordon accepted an offer from Teach for America to teach English in New York City – where, he admits, he had wanted to live since he was a teenager. Gordon currently teaches high school English and continued his graduate studies at Fordham University and Columbia University, where he is currently working on a doctorate of education degree.
Gordon enjoys cheering on his Gators every chance he gets. When he’s not wearing orange and blue and trying to convince New Yorkers that college sports are far superior to professional leagues, he plays dodgeball and travels abroad with students in the summer. Please feel free to reach out to Gordon regarding Scholarship opportunities with the Gotham Gators at firstname.lastname@example.org