William Powers has served as executive dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy since 1988. In that capacity, he serves as the School’s primary academic officer under the dean and has played a key role in the development, growth and operation of every academic program offered by the School, including its doctoral, master’s, executive master’s, and certificate programs. He serves as an academic advisor, schedules all courses and instructors, and oversees all student affairs operations, including the recruitment, admission, and placement of students, and alumni operations. He also oversees the School’s executive and entrepreneurial programs. He has worked closely with the dean in setting the strategic direction of the School, attracting new faculty and resources, promoting research, marketing the School, and designing the organizational structure of the School. He represents the School in numerous capacities at the university-level. In his initial years at the School, Powers taught public management courses half-time.
Prior to coming to the School, Powers served as an attorney in two major Washington, DC law firms: Wald, Harkrader & Ross (1982-87) and Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz (1987-88), where he specialized in economic/law regulation/litigation, including anti-trust, energy, environment, transportation, international arbitration, and anti-dumping and countervailing duties matters. Powers has been an active member of the Washington, DC bar since 1982.
From 1977 to 1982, Powers served as a policy analyst for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, analyzing a wide range of policy proposals concerning automobile emissions and fuel economy and helping to develop an alternative program for certifying automobiles designed to ease the cost of complying with existing emission and fuel economy standards while increasing their effectiveness.
Powers earned his Juris Doctorate, Master of Economics, Master of Public Policy, and BA in economics, all from the University of Michigan.