While Powers is new to SU, he has long been a part of the Jesuit higher education family. He comes to the university from Loyola College in Maryland.
"My time here so far has been very good,” he says. “Much more sun and heat than expected,” he says on a 100-plus degree day, “but along with the heat I have been very warmly welcomed by everyone at Seattle University.
“This is a place filled with people who believe in the core values of the university and are living them out,” he continues. “I have found the people in Arts and Sciences to be welcoming and supportive, and authentically committed to the mission of the university.”
Powers has spent his first few weeks making the rounds to meet colleagues.“My assessment of the College of Arts and Sciences is that it is a vibrant academic community that is devoted to the values of the university, a community with a tradition of academic excellence that they hope to build on over the next few years. I look forward to joining them in that process. Seattle University generally, and the College of Arts and Sciences in particular, are true academic gems of the Northwest, and it is a privilege to be a new member of this remarkable community.”
SU Magazine - New A&S DeanTuesday, July 14, 2009
Loyola University psychologist to head Seattle U’s oldest and largest undergrad division
David Powers, a professor of psychology at Loyola University Maryland, has been named the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
“I am absolutely delighted that Dr. Powers has joined us,” says 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 and Sciences and our broader university community.”
Powers 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.
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