How to change project owner in new JIRA?

As an administrator I can't find a way to change project owner for a project created by one of my users.

I can only add or remove users.

As said, I'm using JIRA cloud with new design.


Thomas Schlegel Community Champion Jan 18, 2018

Hi Jean,

do you mean the Project lead?  If so, do the following:

  • open the project
  • click on "Settings":

  • then "Details" (if it is not open already):

  • There you find the field "Project lead", which you can set to a new user

Hi Thomas,


I can't seem to find that in the current version. Right now I have complete admin access to our OnDemand cloud jira but there is no project lead option exposed to even be changed. 


Any ideas? I am fine making an API call if there is a way to say CURL some post data.

Thomas Schlegel Community Champion Wednesday

@Joseph Niemiec - it is there - here is a screenshot of a detail view, copied just now:



Hi @Thomas Schlegel  is this perhaps a theme issue? I have included what I see and the roles that I also have. 


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It appears this problem is specific to the 'agility template' if I used anything else these options exist for me. 

Dave Meyer Atlassian Team 5 hours ago

Hi everyone,

Currently it's not possible to change the project lead for projects created with the Agility template (it's not related to the old vs new UI change).

We would love to hear what you use the Project Lead feature for so we can understand how we can incorporate it into the Agility project template in an improved way.


Dave Meyer

Jira Cloud Product Management

We would use this field for team lead so that people who are not currently working on that project understand who the main point of contact is. This assists with targeting general questions and for new hires to easily onboard and understand the differing project leaders he may need to communicate with. Otherwise we end up having to do this in confluence and its disconnected from Jira itself persay. 


PS - Epics don't work with Agility either which appears to break Jira Portfolio's usefulness.  

Dave Meyer Atlassian Team 2 hours ago

Hi @Joseph Niemiec, thanks for replying! Where do your users normally find this? On the project list page?


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