Donald C. McEown came to Carleton in 1963, as Administrative Assistant to the Bursar. In 1967, he was promoted to Assistant Controller Capital and was elected to Secretary of the Board of Governors that same year.
He was given a second appointment as Special Assistant to the President in 1979, becaming Secretary of the Board and Executive Assistant to the President in 1990. He was again elected Secetary of the Board and in 1997 the position was combined with the office of the University Secretary. McEown retired from Carleton in 1998 and was appointed Secretary Emeritus. In 2004, Carleton bestowed to McEown,its highest non-academic award the Founders Award, for his significant contribution to the advancement of the university. McEown is also the co-author, along with Blair Neatby, of Creating Carleton: The Shaping of a University.
Don McEown's involvements and administrative duties are the core of his oral history interview.