Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, University of Phoenix

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Ray Powers

Ray Powers, EdD, PMP - Associate Dean

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Dr. Ray Powers is an Associate Dean at the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University responsible for multiple programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. He holds a BS in Business from Arizona State University, an MBA with a specialization in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. With nearly 40 years of corporate experience in business and technology, his responsibilities have ranged from technical and engineering roles to executive level positions. After a 30-year career within the Bell System, he went on to serve in C-level roles in several high tech enterprises focused on new and innovative technology development and deployment. Additionally, Dr. Powers has specialized in the area of mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, leadership training, and in the discipline of project management. He has served as the Director of Standards for the Project Management Institute, on their Board of Directors, and as a senior executive in Program Management in three major corporations. Additionally, Dr. Powers holds a State of California Real Estate Broker’s license. His broad-based business and academic experience exemplifies the value proposition of all Forbes School of Business faculty—the knowledge and ability to provide students with practical application of academic theory.

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Dr. Elaine Alden, Dr. Ray Powers, and Dr. Alan Swank co-presented their paper Establishing Teacher Presence in the Online Environment: Guidance of Best Practice at the Sloan Consortium: Emerging Technologies in Online Education Conference in Las Vegas, NV in April 2013. They presented their poster Exemplary Teacher Presence: Guidance of Best Practice at the 2013 WASC Academic Resource Conference in San Diego, CA in April 2013.