Dr. Esther S. Powell has been named director of adult student services and evaluation as part of the university’s restructuring of its Lifelong Learning program areas.
“With an increasing number of students falling into that adult category, which is defined as 25 years old or older, we must be prepared to meet a differing set of needs than those of students who come directly from high school to live on our campus,” said Dr. Brenda Allen, provost. “As part of our effort to provide the best service possible for our older students, we have restructured Lifelong Learning to ensure that we are providing the programs and the coordinated efforts needed by adult learners.
“Dr. Powell’s work with our undergraduate, graduate and adult students has certainly provided her with the background necessary to take on this new position to support our lifelong learning efforts,” Allen added. “She will be handling a variety of assignments that will basically create a one-stop shop for our adult learners.”
Powell had previously been director of student advocacy and services for adult and graduate students within Student Affairs. She has worked in each division of the university during her 27 years at WSSU. In her new positions, she will serve as the point-of-contact for adult learners in the program designed for them, which include distance learning, continuing education, evening/weekend programs and other programs in academic units that have adult learner needs. She will evaluate adult student needs and work with academic and non-academic areas to enhance the learning environment for older students.
Powell earned her master’s degree in adult education from North Carolina A&T State University and her doctoral degree in higher education leadership from Northcentral University. She is a past president of the North Carolina Adult Education Association and currently serves on the organization’s board of directors as treasurer. She also serves as the North Carolina State Representative for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Association of Continuing Higher Education.