Profile: Debbie Powers
Dr. Deborah L. Powers (Ed.D., University of Louisville) has more than 30 years of experience as an educator, beginning her career as a houseparent at the Bellewood Childrens’ Home in Anchorage, Kentucky, a residential facility for abused, neglected and abandoned children. Dr. Powers has served in various educational roles at the building-, district-, state-, and postsecondary-level. These include services as a middle school Social Studies Teacher, Student Services Specialist, Secondary Programs Consultant, Director of Student Services, Assistant Principal, and Program Director. From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Powers served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Principals Academy (KPA), a state grant funded professional development opportunity for experienced principals. While at U of L, Dr. Powers also served as Director of the Center for Learning Excellence, established by a grant through the Kentucky Department of Education to provide technical support to underperforming schools in Jefferson County and OVEC. Dr. Powers most recently served as the Project Coordinator of the Stuart Campus-Middle School Redesign Initiative responsible for combining two historically low-performing schools (Stuart Middle School and the Frost Sixth Grade Academy) into one campus. Dr. Powers has served for many years as an adjunct instructor and clinical partner in U of L’s educational leadership programs. . Dr. Powers was an integral team member involved in the development and approval of the Superintendent Certification Program at the University of Louisville and recruiting the 15 participants in U of L’s Statewide blended Ed.D. program. Dr. Powers is a recipient of the University Council for Educational Administration’s 2017 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award.