Charles "Mac" Powell, PHD
Dr. Powell has served as president of Bastyr University since 2015.
- PhD in Sociology (2001) from University of Missouri-Columbia
- Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (2001) from Antioch University
- Master of Arts in Sociology (1996) from University of Missouri-Columbia
- Master of Business Administration (2007) from National University
- Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Philosophy (1994) from University of Missouri-Columbia
- Over a decade in higher education management, accreditation, and policy strategy
- President of John F. Kennedy University
- President and chief executive officer of WestMed College
- Commissioner of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Commission
- Commissioner for the American Council of Education’s Commission on Educational Attainment
- Author of over 50 articles and three books on the subjects of education, clinical psychology, and performance psychology.
Members of the President's Cabinet
Timothy C. Callahan, Senior Vice President and Provost
Timothy C. Callahan, PhD, is responsible for all academic programs and research activities. These responsibilities include institutional accreditation, curriculum development and research collaboration. Dr. Callahan came to the University in 1992 to serve as an assistant professor in biomedical ethics and has since held several leadership positions in academics and research. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Arts in medical history and ethics from the University of Washington, and his doctoral degree in education from the University of Washington.
Contact: Suzanne Chase, schase[at]bastyr[dot]edu, 425.602.3297
Sheldon R. Haber, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Sheldon Haber oversees financial and administrative operations at the University. He joined the University in 1993, bringing 15 years of experience as a teacher and finance director. He has been an accreditation team member for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. He is also a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Western Association of Colleges and Business Officers, the Northwest Independent College and Business Officers Association and the College and University Personnel Association. He received his Bachelor of Science in business and education from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
Contact: L.J. Johnson, Ljohnson[at]bastyr[dot]edu, 425.602.3048
Susan L. Weider, Vice President for Student Affairs
Susan Weider, MS, serves as the primary student liaison and oversees admissions, financial aid, registrar, housing, counseling services, career services, alumni relations, conference services and marketing. She joined the University in 2001 as dean of students and was promoted to her current position in 2005. Before that, she spent 11 years working in student affairs administration at Linfield College in Oregon. She holds a Master of Science in college student personnel from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.
Contact: Silva Bedoyan, sbedoyan[at]bastyr[dot]edu, 425.602.3084
Coquina Deger, Chief of Staff
Coquina L. Deger, MBA, serves and advises the president on campus-wide and external initiatives alike, and is responsible for executing key strategic projects. She came to the University in 2001 as a consultant in the marketing arena where she has contributed to increasing student enrollment and patient visits, and to various expansion projects. Her dedication to the profession has for years extended beyond Bastyr University, having served the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges, NDHealthcare, and most recently the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium, in numerous capacities. Prior to directing her focus to natural health education, Deger’s business and marketing career spanned diverse industries: banking, international shipping, retail, and journalism and publishing. Deger received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University, and a Master of Business Administration from City University of Seattle.
Contact: Nicola Francis, nfrancis[at]bastyr[dot]edu, 425.602.3003
Keith Woody, Vice President of Human Resources and Information Technology
Keith Woody is the executive director of the Office of Human Resources and Information Technology. In his role, he directs the operations of the human resources function for the faculty and staff, including recruitment and retention, compensation and benefits, legal compliance, performance management, employee relations, training, HR systems, and payroll administration. He also provides oversight of the information technology needs of the University. Keith joined Bastyr University in the spring of 2005 as the director of human resources and was promoted into his current position in the fall of 2010. Prior to Bastyr University, Keith worked for 20 years in human resources management in the financial services, retail and catalog, and professional services industries. Keith has a master’s of business administration from Gonzaga University and a bachelor’s in business administration management from Eastern Washington University.
Board of Trustees
Samuel L. Anderson, JD
Bastyr University Board Chair
Botanical specialist, founder of East Earth Herb Co.
Carrie Louise Daenell, ND
Alumna, founder, LiveWell Center
Bastyr University Immediate Past Board Chair, , President & CEO of NACM Business Credit Services
Gregory J. Goode
Executive Director of Government Relations, Indiana State University
Bastyr University Board Vice Chair
Mark R. Martzen, PhD
Research Associate Professor, Bastyr University
Steven G. Olswang, JD, PhD
Provost, City University of Seattle
Harlan Patterson, MBA, CPA
Bastyr University Board Treasurer, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, University of Washington
The Honorable Eric Pettigrew
Washington House of Representatives
The Honorable Paull Shin, PhD
Retired, Washington State Senator
Charles “Mac” Powell, PhD
President, Bastyr University
The Honorable Ron Sims
Retired Deputy Secretary at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
President’s Welcome Message
Welcome! Since arriving on campus in Summer 2015, I have been overwhelmed by the positive reception I’ve received from the Bastyr University community.
Initially, what drew me to Bastyr was its emphasis on whole-person wellness and the connection between mind, body and spirit. As a person who makes health and exercise an integral part of my life, and who is deeply rooted in the principles of mind-body wellness, Bastyr had as immense draw for me, professionally as well as personally. In my time here, I have quickly learned that Bastyr’s students, faculty and staff members have created a family — a family that honors, supports and respects one another, but also challenges itself to do better every day in fulfillment of the University’s mission.
As the largest of seven professionally accredited schools of naturopathic medicine in North America, Bastyr University has a long history of trailblazing. From our humble beginnings in 1978, Bastyr has grown into an exemplar in higher education and the healing arts, now offering a variety of 20 degree programs in the natural health arts and sciences. Bastyr Center for Natural Health, our Seattle teaching clinic, has for years been the largest natural health clinic in the Pacific Northwest. In 2012, we expanded into California to offer the only accredited doctoral program for naturopathic medicine in the state. Both campuses continue to grow and our San Diego teaching clinic, Bastyr University Clinic, is positively impacting the health and well-being of Southern California communities.
I believe now is an ideal time to be involved in natural health because it has proven to be effective, efficient and increasingly needed in our society. A recent survey from the National Institutes of Health (from whom Bastyr University Research Institute has received millions of dollars in research funding) shows that one-third of American adults use some form of complementary, alternative or integrative medicine. The number of adults estimated to use naturopathic medicine is 957,000, which is nearly double that of the same survey 10 years earlier. These numbers will only grow as more people experience, understand and appreciate all that natural medicine can do make the world a healthier place.
“Bastyrians” relish the responsibility of being leaders in natural health, and the next step in the University’s evolution is to continue to lead in other ways. Whether directing our efforts toward social justice and diversity, leading-edge medical research or public health policy, Bastyr University is always looking for ways to make a positive difference in the lives of millions.
With that in mind, I invite you to peruse our website or visit our campuses and clinics to learn more about what makes Bastyr University a leader in the field. Once you do, I have no doubt you will see why we, and so many others, are so passionate about this incredible family.
Yours in health,
Charles, “Mac” Powell, PhD
Bastyr University President