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A highly respected career professional in higher education administration, Dr. Theresa A. Powell currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Temple University. She is the past-president of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), where she has been honored as a Legacy of the Profession, a Pillar of the Profession and the recipient of the Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service to NASPA. In addition, she served as a Team Chair, Consultant Evaluator, and as a member of the Accreditation Review Council for The Higher Learning Commission for the past eleven years. 

Dr. Powell received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, her Master’s from Texas Christian University and he Doctoral degree from The Ohio State University. Before coming to Temple, she served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Western Michigan, where she also was a tenured professor. 

She is the recipient of the prestigious Maude Stewart Award, given by the faculty of the higher education graduate program at The Ohio State University to individuals who have made significant contributions to the fields of higher education and student affairs. 

She has taught, presented, written and consulted widely on a broad range of student affairs issues, including student culture and diversity, career concerns of women administrators, student leadership and campus programming. 

Dr. Powell is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and The Links, Inc.