You can change the SharePoint site owner if you have administrative privileges on the site. Log in and follow the instructions below for your version of SharePoint.

Important: Changes of SharePoint site owner made through SharePoint site will not be reflected in CONTROL PANEL.

SharePoint 2013/2016

  1. Go to Settings > Site Settings > Site Collection Administrators.
  2. Add the user that you want to set as the new Site Owner. Click OK.
  3. Go to Settings > Site Settings > Site Permissions. Choose Access Request Settings.
  4. Replace the current email address with the email address of the user that you are setting as the Site Owner > Click OK.
  5. Once the changes are applied, you can go back and remove the previous site owner from Site Collection Administrators if that user should no longer have administrative access.

SharePoint 2010

  1. Go to Site Settings > Site Permissions.
  2. Click the Site Collection Administrators option in the top menu.
  3. Add the user that you want to set as the new Site Owner > Click OK.
  4. Click the Manage Access Requests option in the top menu.
  5. Replace the current email address with the email address of the user that you are setting as the Site Owner. Click OK.
  6. Once the changes are applied, you can go back and remove the previous site owner from Site Collection Administrators if that user should no longer have administrative access.

SharePoint 2007

  1. Go to Site Actions > Site Settings.
  2. Under Users and Permissions, select Site Collection Administrators.
  3. Add the user that you want to set as the new Site Owner > Click OK.
  4. Go back to Site Actions > Site Settings. Under Users and Permissions, select Advanced Permissions.
  5. Click Settings > Access Requests.
  6. Replace the current email address with the email address of the user that you are setting as the Site Owner > Click OK.
  7. Once the changes are applied, you can go back and remove the previous site owner from Site Collection Administrators if that user should no longer have administrative access.