With over a decade of higher education management experience, Dr.Mac Powell actively contributes to the strategic direction of higher education. He currently serves as Senior Fellow for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and is not available for paid consulting.

Dr. Powell previously served as chair of the American Council of Education’s Commission on Educational Attainment and Innovation, and is a former commissioner on the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior Commission, a graduate of the WASC Assessment Leadership Academy, chair of the Council of Applied Master’s Programs in Psychology, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Performance Psychology. 


He has served as president of three universities, including John F. Kennedy University, where he led the institution’s successful efforts to become a service-learning institution and a federally recognized and funded Hispanic Serving Institution. 


Dr. Powell holds bachelor's degrees in philosophy and sociology; master's degrees in business, sociology and clinical psychology; and a PhD in sociology from the University of Missouri.


As the author of over 50 articles, three books and two book chapters on the subjects of education, clinical psychology and performance psychology, his recent scholarship focuses on the role of accreditation in consumer protection, educational attainment, and the challenges of rising tuition costs for students. Dr. Powell speaks around the world on leadership, the role of personality in building teams and performance, and the future of higher education.