Wayne D. Powel is the Provost of Saint Francis University, a position he has held for nine years. Saint Francis University is a private, Catholic university serving the Mid-Atlantic States with a unique, Franciscan ethos.
As Provost, Dr. Powel is the chief academic officer responsible to the President of the University, for direct supervision of all academic programs. During his tenure he was charged by the President to transition Saint Francis from a college to a university and to a four school structure. He has championed the university’s global initiatives; beginning a semester-long study program in Ambialet, France and establishing an office to recruit and support international students. Working with his leadership team, Saint Francis has seen its first-to-second year retention rise to 85% and its six year graduation rate increase to over 70%.
Dr. Powel came to Saint Francis from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington where he served from 1989 to 2006. Beginning as an assistant professor, he served as department chair, Director of Institutional Research and as Associate Academic Vice President. In his last years there he served as Chief Information Officer. In this role he oversaw a multi-million dollar renovation of the university’s network and server infrastructure.
A first-generation college student, Dr. Powel earned an associate of arts degree from Miami Dade Community College. Seeking adventure, he moved to New Mexico and completed a bachelor of arts from New Mexico Highlands University. Dr. Powel earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Arizona in 1989. As a faculty member, Dr. Powel has written several articles on children’s cognitive development and as an administrator he has written on the use of technology in higher education.
Dr. Powel is a member of the Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu and Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education. He is a matriculant of the Council on Independent College’s Executive Leadership Academy and the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.
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