Ray Powers, EdD, PMP
Dr. Ray Powers is an Associate Dean in the Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University. He is the Founder and Chair of the Board of Advisors, and has instituted a Forbes 100 innovative companies “thought leadership” summit for international C-level industry leaders. He has responsibility for multiple business degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, and supervises Program Chairs, Faculty, and Associate Faculty aligned with those programs. He holds an AA degree from Phoenix College; a BS in Business from Arizona State University; an MBA with a specialization in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix; an MA in Education from Ashford University; 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 operations roles to executive level positions. After a 30-year career within the Bell System, he went on to serve in C-level positions in several high tech enterprises focused on 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.
See Dr. Powers discuss Ashford's Bachelor of Arts in Project Management degree program.
In 2017, established and Chairs the Forbes School of Business & Technology “Thought Leadership Summit”. The summit includes C-level executives from the Forbes 100 most Innovative Companies; Flag Rank military officers; and CEO’s from all sectors. The objective is collaboration on best-practice competencies required to address rapidly evolving change in socio-economic, political, cultural, environmental, and technology environments. Results establish visionary programs, unique credentials for students, and differentiates the Forbes School of Business as an innovative provider of leading-edge business education.
In 2017, consistent with the Forbes School of Business & Technology strategic goal to enhance institutional effectiveness and promote the development of foundational values relevant to leadership, negotiated and implemented a “resident scholar” program. Designed to ensure student preparedness in-sync with evolving industry demands, it provides ancillary value in faculty engagement in practical application of theory, and is an incremental source of revenue for the institution.
In 2015, founded and currently Chair the Forbes School of Business Board of Advisors. The Board is comprised of high profile international business leaders. The Board provides vision and strategic direction relative to advancing the school and its mission of excellence, designed to enhance student success in the business environment of the future.
In 2013, Dr. Powers and two colleagues received a University grant to research “Teacher Presence in the Online Environment”. Research results were presented at several international conferences and contributed to refinement of methods and procedures associated with improvement of online programs.