PLEASANT HILL, CA - John F. Kennedy University, an affiliate of the National University System, has announced that President Dr. Charles "Mac" Powell will be leaving the University on June 30th to become president of Bastyr University. Bastyr University is a nonprofit, accredited university based outside of Seattle, Washington and has been leader in alternative medical education and research for nearly 40 years.
In his 14-year career with National University System, Dr. Powell has distinguished himself as an educator and leader. He launched the NU Golf Academy and Center for Performance Psychology and he served as President and CEO of WestMed College.
Since joining JFK University in 2013 as the seventh president, Dr. Powell has championed a number of improvements in all facets of the University that have led to increased student satisfaction, retention, conversion rates, academic support resources, and grant funding. The achievements made in the area of diversity under his leadership are a model to other universities. He has dedicated himself over the past two-and-a-half years to strengthening JFK University's position in the community, gaining support and developing partnerships for its academic and social outreach programs.
"Dr. Powell has done a superb job in positioning JFK University to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead," said Dr. Michael Cunningham, Chancellor of National University System. "He has strategically guided the University through the recent years that have seen many small universities forced to close, and he is leaving it much stronger financially and academically."
The search for a new president of JFK University is being launched. An interim president will be announced in the coming weeks.