Brett Powell knew that he needed to earn advanced degrees to become eligible for higher positions. After working 10 years in public accounting and then working in higher education with only a bachelor’s degree in accounting, he enrolled at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to pursue the credentials that would open doors to real professional success.
Today, Powell is the vice president for administrative services at Ouachita Baptist University.
“In that role, I am responsible for the university’s accounting, budgeting, investment management, payroll, human resource services, facilities planning and management, purchasing, information technology, risk management, auxiliary services, and student financial services,” he said.
Powell returned to school after a 13-year hiatus, while supporting a family by working full-time. While at UALR, he earned both a master of business administration and a doctorate of education.
“Both graduate programs were clearly designed to accommodate students just like me. From flexible class times, to faculty who understand working adult students, to the availability of online services, it was clear that UALR cares about students having the ability to continue their current careers while preparing them so well for future career opportunities,” said Powell.
Even with his many responsibilities, Powell enjoyed his coursework at UALR. He found his classes valuable.
“Corporate Strategy was the most difficult and most rewarding course in the MBA program, and History and Philosophy of Higher Education in the Higher Education program gave me a broad perspective that has been extremely valuable in my career,” said Powell.
Powell continues to appreciate the excellent preparation he received at UALR. His current position as a vice president at OBU and potential future opportunities are and will be his because of the foundational education attained at UALR.
“The faculty and courses in the program provided a good balance of theoretical underpinnings in the field along with practical application of those concepts. I believe the program has been a key to my success and will open doors for me that otherwise would be unattainable,” he said.