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Dr. Charles "Mac" Powell Named President of John F. Kennedy University

May 29, 2013

Pleasant Hill, Calif. – Dr. Charles “Mac” Powell has been named President of John F. Kennedy University, Dr. Jerry C. Lee, Chancellor of the National University System, announced today.

Dr. Powell has been serving as Interim President of John F. Kennedy University since January. He has been with the National University System in a variety of roles since 2002, most recently serving as President of WestMed College. Previously, he served as the Dean of the National University Golf Academy. Currently, he serves as Executive Director of the National University Center for Performance Psychology.

“Dr. Powell’s extensive experience in a leadership role in higher education makes him the ideal candidate for President of John F. Kennedy University as it continues its commitment to serving its most important constituency, its students,” said Dr. Lee.

“I am honored to be named President of such a distinguished institution as John F. Kennedy University, one that has been committed to lifelong learning for adults for almost 50 years,” said Dr. Powell. “We will remain focused on providing a quality academic experience in a format that meets the needs of our unique student body of lifelong learners.”

Dr. Powell began his career at National University in 2002 as an adjunct faculty member and was later appointed to a full-time position at the Los Angeles campus. He oversaw the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology for the University and was later promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology.

Dr. Powell holds bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and sociology; master’s degrees in business, sociology, and clinical psychology; and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Missouri. Dr. Powell is a Class “A” member of the Professional Golfers Association of America, has worked with players at all levels of golf, and has spoken around the world in the fields of athletics, coaching, and performance psychology.

Dr. Powell is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, former Subject-Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and current Chair of the Council of Applied Master’s Programs in Psychology. In 2011, Dr. Powell participated in the year-long WASC Assessment Leadership Academy and has two articles in review discussing the past, present, and future of accreditation in American Higher Education. Dr. Powell is the author of more than 30 articles and three books, including Inner Game: Breaking Golf’s Unbreakable Barriers, The Ball is the Enemy, and the Handbook of Marriage and Family Therapy.

About John F. Kennedy University
Founded in 1964, John F. Kennedy University, a nonprofit affiliate of the National University System, was among the first institutions of higher education in California committed to lifelong learning for adults. Today, the University’s three Colleges and Continuing Education division provide innovative higher education opportunities to more than 2,000 professionals who, despite a full range of life responsibilities, are determined to advance their education and improve their future. The Continuing Education division provides professional development education to more than 2,500 individuals per year. A pioneer of education that integrates theory and practice, John F. Kennedy University and its students touch the lives of more than 30,000 people in Bay Area communities every year through their support of outreach centers and public programs. For more information, visit

About the National University System
National University System was established to meet the emerging challenges and demands of education in the 21st century. The System is uniquely aligned to connect a diverse population of students to a network of innovative educational programs that are relevant to their lives, careers, and the marketplace and are delivered in a format that respects competing life priorities. Dr. Jerry C. Lee has served as the System’s Chancellor since it was founded in 2001. The affiliates of the System are: National University; John F. Kennedy University; City University of Seattle; National University International; the Division of Pre-College Programs, which includes National University Virtual High School and National University Academy; Spectrum Pacific Learning; and WestMed College. Entities related to the System include: the National University System Institute for Policy Research; the Center for Integrative Health; National University Golf Academy; and the Center for Performance Psychology. For more information, visit

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