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Shelly Powers appointed as NOVA’s Medical Education Campus Dean of Allied Health


Shelly Powers, has been appointed as the dean of allied health for Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus (MEC) effective June 25.

Powers has over 19 years of experience in higher education, which includes administrative, academic teaching and consulting. Additionally, she has over 30 years of experience as a physician assistant. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and licensed to practice in Maryland, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Her areas of specialty are obstetrics, gynecology and palliative care.

She joins the MEC from Howard University, where she has served in several positions as senior academic coordinator, chairperson, program director and assistant professor of the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. During her tenure at Howard, she also received external federal funding as the principal investigator of grants which totaled $3.2 million dollars.

Prior to Howard University, she served as the executive director for the District of Columbia Area Health Education Center. She directed the center’s activities which included, improving the supply, diversity and quality of the healthcare workforce as well as increasing access to healthcare in medically underserved areas. Additionally, she served as the Interim Program Director for the Physician Assistant Program in the School of Health Sciences at Anne Arundel Community College.

Powers holds a M.A. in Administrative Management with a concentration in Health Services Administration from Bowie State University and a B.S. in Physician Assistant from Howard University.

“I look forward to accomplishing continued program growth, development and successful outcomes for the Division of Allied Health at the MEC, with a focus on building and educating a diverse and competent healthcare workforce,” said Powers. “I’m extremely excited and honored to serve in this capacity and taking the division to the next level.”

The mission of the Allied Health Division at NOVA’s Medical Education Campus is to prepare caring, competent, adaptable, reflective and service-oriented healthcare professionals who can identify and use a variety of resources and technologies to function successfully in a diverse and evolving healthcare practice environment. NOVA’s Medical Education Campus is the only specialized community college campus in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Media Contact: Kristina Ogburn | 703.503.6338 | kogburn@nvcc.edu


Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.