Bastyr University Names New President

Charles “Mac” Powell, PhDAfter an extensive nationwide search, Bastyr University selects Charles “Mac” Powell, PhD, as its new president. He will oversee the University’s campuses and clinics located in Washington state and California.

“I’m thrilled and humbled to be named president of Bastyr University,” says Dr. Powell. “Bastyr is known both nationally and internationally for its academic excellence in natural medicine and commitment to social justice. I look forward to helping build upon its decades of success.”

Dr. Powell comes to Bastyr from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, Calif., where he served as president. He takes over for outgoing Bastyr President Daniel K. Church, PhD, who steps down at the end of June after a decade in that position.

“All who love Bastyr want to thank President Church for his tremendous contributions to the University and the field of natural medicine,” says Samuel L. Anderson, JD, chair of the Bastyr University Board of Trustees. “Dr. Church’s leadership was a significant influence on Bastyr’s growth over the past ten years. His legacy will never be forgotten. The Board of Trustees believes that if anyone can fill his big shoes, it is Dr. Powell. The entire Bastyr community is excited to see the positive contributions he will make.”

Dr. Powell received his B.A. in sociology/philosophy, M.A. in clinical psychology and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Missouri. He holds additional degrees from National University in San Diego and Antioch University in Marina Del Rey, Calif.  He is also an author of books on both golf and marriage and family therapy.

Dr. Powell’s first day at Bastyr University will be July 1, 2015.