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Neal Powless G’08 to Head University Ombuds Office

Neal Powless Head shotNeal Powless G’08 has been appointed to the post of University ombuds. In this role, Powless will serve the campus community as a neutral, independent, informal and confidential resource for faculty, staff and graduate students who are seeking assistance to answer questions and resolve concerns.

“Neal Powless has the demonstrated vision, wisdom, sensitivity, leadership, skills and competence to make a powerful contribution to a respectful, responsive and ethical campus community,” says Chancellor Kent Syverud. “His experience in career and academic advising, in social and personal counseling, and in the Office of Multicultural Affairs have prepared him to serve in this key role.”

Powless received his master’s degree in School Counseling from the School of Education in 2008. Derek Seward, chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Services, says:

“Key aspects of School Counseling master’s degree involve development of interpersonal skills to promote individual development and wellness across personal, academic, social, and career domains. Foundational counseling values include confidentiality, non-discrimination, acceptance, social justice, and advocacy. An Ombudsperson with these professional counseling skills is well-positioned to listen and support members of the University community.”

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