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Kathleen Powell, M.S.

Chief Career Officer | Associate Vice President for Advancement

Phone: 757-221-3231
Email: [[kipowell]]

Key Responsibilities
  • Manage Career Development for William & Mary
  • Set Strategic Vision
  • Oversee the Cohen Career Center Team
About Kathleen

As the Chief Career Officer, Kathleen Powell has more than 25 years of progressive experience in higher education career services. She is an effective leader and creative programmer; able to create, develop, and implement programs supporting office vision and strategic planning. Dedicated to strategic visioning and management, collaborative partnerships, and faculty engagement, Powell also has a commanding understanding of career development, student development, and organizational and leadership theories

Powell holds a Master's of Science in Student Personnel Services from Miami University of Ohio and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Akron. She began her tenure in university career services in 1985 at Ashland College, now Ashland University. Her career services work included positions at Knox College (IL), Marietta College (OH), Grinnell College (IA), and The University of Akron (OH). Immediately prior to her appointment as assistant vice president for student affairs and executive director of career development—now associate vice president for career development—at William & Mary, Powell served as the director for career exploration and development at Denison University in Granville, OH.

Powell has authored chapters in several different publications and served as an academic advisor and adjunct faculty member at Marietta College teaching career planning, leadership development and communication. Most recently, Powell served as the faculty lead for strategic planning session at the Management Leadership Institute through the National Association of Colleges and Employers, as well as a facilitator for the Executive Leadership Summit. 

Currently past-president for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), Powell has served as the president and president-elect of NACE, president of the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers (Midwest ACE) and president of the Illinois Small College Placement Association. Most recently, she was inducted into the Academy of Fellows, the highest honor, recognizes individuals who have contributed to the profession through the advancement of knowledge, leadership or excellence in professional practice. In addition, she is the recipient of the Founders Distinguished Service Award and J.W. Paquette Award for Superior Leadership Award (Midwest ACE), Charles Sumner Harrison Award and Teacher Appreciation Award, Sigma Kappa, (Marietta College). In addition, Powell holds a Management Leadership Certificate for Career Services Professionals.