William Paterson University appoints new provost, SVP for academic affairs

William Paterson University in Wayne announced Monday that Joshua B. Powers has been appointed provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

In addition to his new roles, Powers was also appointed professor in the Department of Education Leadership and Professional Studies at the university’s College of Education.

He will officially join William Paterson in July.

“Dr. Powers’ impressive career has focused on student success, which is our number one goal. His work as a department chair, and associate vice president for academic affairs coupled with his experience in student development, gives him a breadth of experience needed to work collaboratively with faculty, chairs, deans and the Cabinet to help us meet our strategic goals,” Richard J. Helldobler, president of William Paterson University, said. “His commitment to enhancing diversity will help guide our work to close the achievement gap for our diverse student body. His scholarship attests to a broad understanding of the national landscape of higher education.”

Powers, who currently serves as an administrative fellow for the Vermont State College System, previously held multiple roles at Indiana State University, including associate vice president for academic affairs; interim associate vice president for inclusive excellence; special assistant to the provost for academic initiatives; chair of the Department of Educational Leadership, Administration and Foundations; program coordinator for higher education leadership; and director of the Office of Educational Research and Evaluation.

“I am very excited to join the William Paterson University community as its next provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, and to support its mission and commitment to student success,” Powers said. “I look forward to collaborating with campus and community stakeholders, together with President Helldobler, as we move the institution forward.”