Loyola University psychologist to head Seattle U’s oldest and largest undergrad division
David Powers takes over as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on July 1.
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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.
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 says. “It’s an institution of higher learning that is a force for good in the community.”
Powers has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Louisiana State University and earned both his master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. He had a post-doctoral research fellowship at Stanford University, and joined Loyola’s psychology faculty in 1997, where he has served as either associate chair, chair or interim chair.
At the College of Arts and Sciences Powers will oversee SU’s oldest and largest undergraduate division.
He said he was pleased to see that, like Loyola, the university 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 concluded a months-long nationwide search to replace Wallace Loh, who left this past August to be executive vice president and provost at the University of Iowa. Powers and his wife, an attorney, have a three-year-old son.