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  • New Arts & Sciences Dean Named

    Loyola College Psychologist to Head SU's Oldest and Largest Undergraduate Division

    March 12, 2009

    David Powers, a professor of psychology at Loyola College in Maryland, has been named the new dean of the Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences, starting July 1.

    "I am absolutely delighted that Dr. Powers will soon join us," said Provost Isiaah Crawford."He is a dynamic administrator, educator, and scholar who has a strong and abiding commitment to liberal arts education, academic excellence, and social justice. I look forward to the many contributions he will make to the College of Arts & Sciences and our broader university community."

    Powers, 41, specializes in mental health issues of older people, a group he describes as "severely underserved, often unjustly treated, and growing dramatically in number." He is president-elect of the American Psychological Association's Society of Clinical Geropsychology and has given testimony to the U.S. Senate to reauthorize the Older Americans Act.

    He said he was drawn to Seattle University because it struck him "as a place where everyone truly models being a man or woman for others."

    "Seattle University emphasizes reaching out to those in need, where students help create a more just and humane world through their own actions as a natural extension of their education," he said. "It’s an institution of higher learning that is a force for good in the community."

    Powers has a B.S. in Psychology from Louisiana State University and earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. He had a post-doctoral research fellowship at Stanford University. He joined the Loyola faculty in 1997 and has spent roughly half his time there as either associate chair, chair or interim chair.

    Powers will oversee the oldest and largest undergraduate division of Seattle University, a Jesuit-inspired institution with more than 7,500 graduate and undergraduate students.

    He said he was pleased to see that, like Loyola, Seattle is firmly grounded in the Jesuit value of educating the whole person, with faculty, staff, and students enthusiastic about an academic tradition that has resulted in two Rhodes Scholars and several Truman scholars.

    Powers' selection comes at the end of a nine-month nationwide search to replace Wallace Loh, who left in August to be executive vice president and provost of The University of Iowa. Powers and his wife, an attorney, have a three-year-old son.

    Contact: Eric Sorensen cell (206) 799-9186

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    Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 48 acres on Seattle's Capitol Hill. More than 7,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools. U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2008" ranks Seattle University among the top 10 universities in the West that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs.

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