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President, Mount St. Mary's University

Thomas H. Powell

Faith † Discovery † Leadership † Community.

As Mount St. Mary’s University enters its third century of service to God and to our nation, these four pillars continue to support the 200-year tradition of Mount St. Mary’s University.

In June, 2003, Dr. Thomas H. Powell became the 24th President of Mount St. Mary’s University, America’s second oldest Catholic university.  Under his leadership, the University successfully completed its Bicentennial celebration, with extensive events to mark this historic occasion.  During his tenure, President Powell initiated a strategic plan, A Community Growing Together (2006-2012) to guide the development of the university as it begins its third century of service to God and our nation.  Recently, the campus has completed its first new residence hall in 30 years, built a new soccer and lacrosse stadium (Waldron Family Stadium) a new baseball field (Straw Family Stadium), a Founder’s plaza and a peace plaza.  Dr. Powell has led significant improvements in student life and the development of new academic majors.

Prior to coming to the Mount, Dr. Powell was the president of Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia. While at Glenville, Dr. Powell was credited with completing a major campus renovation program, revitalizing the college’s Foundation, developing its first annual fund program, increasing the endowment, and initiating a program titled “A Renaissance of Shared Values” to focus attention on the key virtues of academic integrity.

From 1994-1999, Dr. Powell was Dean of the College of Education at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  From 1989-1994, Dr. Powell was the Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Montana State University- Billings.

From 1982–1989, Dr. Powell was a Professor of Special Education at the University of Connecticut and the first director of UConn’s Program of Excellence on Disabilities.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Montana State University-Billings, Billings, Montana in 1976; his Masters of Science in Special Education from Montana State University-Billings, Billings, Montana, in 1979; and his Ed.D. in Special Education — from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, in 1981. His academic concentrations included teacher education, family intervention, severe disabilities and educational technology. His research has focused on social interaction between children with disabilities and their siblings.

Dr. Powell has written four books, notably, Brothers and Sisters: A Special Part of Exceptional Families (now in third edition). He has authored numerous book chapters and journal articles and has been an assistant/associate editor for many professional publications.

He is a frequent keynote speaker at professional conferences and has made keynote addresses and invited speeches in 46 states. Dr. Powell is the founding director of the University of Connecticut Program for Disabilities, and the founder of the Sibling Information Network.

Dr. Powell and his wife, Irene Quinn Powell, have seven children: Nicholas, Thomas Henry, Cathleen, Angelina, Nicodemos, Jaoa and Maria; and three granddaughters Deta Kolo Johnson, Imelda Falao Johnson, and Morgan Enid Powell.

Dr. Powell can be reached by:
Phone:       (301) 447-5600
Fax:           (301) 447-5634

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