Powell named Chadron State College’s Vice President of Academic Affairs

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CHADRON, Neb. Dr. James Powell has been named Chadron State College’s Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Dr. James Powell will go from being the Dean of Professional Studies and Applied Sciences at Chadron State College to their new Vice President of Academic Affairs. Powell starts January 6th, 2020. (Chadron State College)

Powell, the Dean of Professional Studies and Applied Sciences at Chadron State College, replaces Dr. Charles Snare, who announced his retirement in August.

Powell, who received both his bachelor’s degree in English Education and his master’s in Linguistics with a specialization in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages from Ball State University, began his teaching career as a middle school teacher in Indiana. He earned a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University and worked as an Assistant Professor at Ball State in Muncie, Indiana, for 13 years.
After Ball State, Powell worked at the University of Alaska-Anchorage for six years as Professor and Chair of Teaching and Learning before becoming a Professor and Director of the School of Education at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. He worked at Ferris State for three years before joining CSC’s administration as a Dean in the summer of 2015.

“I am grateful to all the people involved in this process, particularly the hiring committee, President Rhine, and Dr. Snare for the diligence and care with which they managed the search process. Working at Chadron State College for the last five years has been the most rewarding and exciting part of a long career in education. At every stage of my career, many individuals provided the guidance and support needed for my continued growth. I accepted this position because I believe in CSC’s faculty, staff, and students, and hope that I can provide the same opportunities to them that I have been given,” Powell said.

Powell will begin his duties on January 6th, 2020.