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Maintaining ownership continuity for your organization

Organizations can have more than one organization owner to avoid lapses in ownership.

Who can use this feature

Organization owners can promote any member of an organization to an organization owner.

About maintaining ownership continuity for your organization

If an organization only has one owner, the organization's projects can become inaccessible if the owner is unreachable. To ensure that no one will lose access to a project, we recommend that at least two people within each organization have the owner role.

Organization owners have full administrative access to the organization. For more information, see "Roles in an organization."

Note: As an organization owner, you can change the role of other organization members and owners. You can't change your own role.

If your organization is owned by an enterprise account, any enterprise owner can make themself an owner of your organization. For more information, see "Managing your role in an organization owned by your enterprise."

Appointing an organization owner

  1. In the upper-right corner of GitHub Enterprise Server, select your profile photo, then click Your organizations.

    Screenshot of the dropdown menu under @octocat's profile picture. "Your organizations" is outlined in dark orange.

  2. Click the name of your organization.

  3. Under your organization name, click People.

    Screenshot of the horizontal navigation bar for an organization. A tab, labeled with a person icon and "People," is outlined in dark orange.

  4. Select the person or people you'd like to promote to owner.

    Screenshot of the first two users in a list of organization members. To the left of each member, a checkbox is checked and outlined in dark orange.

  5. Above the list of members, select the X members selected... dropdown menu and click Change role.

    Screenshot of the list of organization members. Above the list, a dropdown menu, labeled "2 members selected..." is outlined in dark orange.

  6. Select a new role for the person or people, then click Change role.