Keith Milland Powell
Keith Milland Powell was born and raised in Gary Indiana, a steel town in the Midwest bordering Chicago Illinois. He was raised in a two-parent family with four sisters and one brother. His parents continued their education after high school and that was the expectation for their children. His mother had a career as a registered nurse and his dad completed two years of college before his funds ran out and he returned home to work at U.S. Steel. He grew up during the 60’s and during that time the city was becoming one of the first Chocolate cities. US. Steel was one of the main employers and provided a good middle-class wage for African Americans in the city. The 60’s was a time of an awakening of Black consciousness in America. Gary, Indiana was at the forefront of the movement electing one of the first African American Mayors and hosting the first nationwide Black Political Convention.
Mr. Powell attended excellent resource-rich schools throughout his K-12 experience. U.S. Steel provided jobs and a large tax base to support schools in the city. Most of his teachers were African American and he had very few teachers of other races. He experienced professional African Americans in almost every position growing up and was oblivious to the experiences that other African Americans were experiencing in the South. Growing up in a predominantly Black city isolated one from the overt racism that African Americans experienced daily in the South.
Mr. Powell attended Hampton University in Virginia and St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh N.C. Both institutions were HBCU’s with rich histories of Black Excellence. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Saint Augustine’s College. He continued my education completing a Masters Degree in Student Personnel Services from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in Counselor Education.
During my career he has worked at Predominantly White Colleges and Historically Black Colleges. He has served in administrative and academic support roles. His focus has always been primarily in the areas of student support, retention, engagement, and recruitment. Currently he is serving as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Shaw University, an HBCU in Raleigh, North Carolina.