National Institute on Aging

Two African Americans Appointed to Terms as Deans

119812_powery026Luke Powery was appointed to a second five-year term as dean of the Duke Chapel on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He will now serve in the post through June 2022. Before he was named the first African American dean of Duke Chapel in 2012, Rev. Powery was the Perry and Georgia Engle assistant professor of homiletics at the Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.

Dr. Powery is a graduate of Stanford University. He holds a master of divinity degree from the Princeton Theological Seminary and a doctorate in theology from Emmanuel College of the University of Toronto. He is the author of Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration of Preaching (Abingdon Press, 2009) and Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope (Fortress Press, 2012).

cornelia-sewellCornelia Sewell-Allen is the new dean of student life at East Stroudsburg University, one of 14 member campuses of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. She has been serving as director of the department of multicultural affairs at the university. Sewell-Allen joined the staff at East Stroudsburg University in 2006 as an assistant director of admissions.

Sewell-Allen is a graduate of Syracuse University in New York, where she majored in consumer studies. She holds a master’s degree in secondary school counseling from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania and is currently at work on a doctorate in educational administration and leadership at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


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