The Catholic University of America
Business and Economics Faculty

Robert Powers – Management Lecturer


Professor Powers received his MBA from the University of South Alabama and his MA in International Relations from Salve Regina University.

Mr. Powers served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Disaster Operations in a post-Katrina Federal Emergency Management Agency where he significantly improved national-level disaster response operations and the integration of federal interagency response with state and local governments. He also held a number of other senior positions within the federal government including directing the accession and deployment of 55,000 new security officers in a five-month period as part of the establishment of the Transportation Security Administration. Before joining the federal government, Mr. Powers was the chief operating officer and principal consultant for a small consulting firm.

Professor Powers retired from the United States Coast Guard as a Captain after a highly successful thirty-one year aviation career that included assignments such as managing and directing USCG global air operations, and directing Coast Guard operations throughout Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi River system.

Mr. Powers and his wife, Alma, have four grown children and reside in Burke, Virginia.



In His Words ...

It is vitally important to me to be able to help others in their discovery, learning and fulfillment by blending practical, real-world experiences with the academic, as students prepare for the workplace and for life.– Robert Powers



Office: 309 McMahon Hall
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20064

Office hours:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, by appointment.

Phone: 202-319-5290




  • MGT 218 – Microcomputer Business Applications
  • MGT 323 – Management: Theory and Practice


University of South Alabama

M.A., International Relations
Salve Regina University

B.A., Geography
West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Graduate, National War College

Graduate, Naval War College


Areas of Expertise

  • Management
  • Organizational reengineering
  • Leadership
  • National security policy
  • Public policy
  • Emergency response operations